Ladder Accidents

Ladder Claims Advice Guide

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If you have been injured or fallen ill as a result of a ladder accident at work we can help you achieve the accident compensation that is your legal right.

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Ladder Accident Compensation

Main Causes of Ladder Falls

Main causes of ladder accidents leading to injury compensation:

  • The ladder user over reaches
  • The ladder user slips from the ladder
  • The ladder wobbles and slips and falls
  • The ladder breaks

It’s no joke. Ladder accidents are one of the main causes of workplace injuries and fatalities in the UK.

Work at Height Regulations 2005

Work at Height Regulations came into force in 2005 stating employers have a duty to assess the risks, plan and supervise all workers who work at height and ensure as far as reasonably possible that accidents do not occur. Many accidents simply occur due to old and dodgy ladders that should have been removed from the workplace. Employers must do all that is reasonably practicable to prevent anyone falling from height, including those working up or around ladders.

Ladder Accident Statistics

For 2009/2010 more than 4,000 employees suffered a major injury as a result of a fall from height at work and 15 were killed. Falls from height remain the most common kind of accident causing fatal injuries in the UK.

Slips, trips and falls in the workplace led to the death of 40 workers across all industries in 2008/2009.

Figures show that 58 people died from a fall from height at work in 2007/08.

Falls from ladders resulted in 16 deaths and 1,146 major injuries during that period, amounting to over a quarter of all major injuries as a result of a fall from height.

The number of fatalities involving falls from height in 2006/07 was 52.

Legal Responsibilities For Ladder Work

Employers have a responsibility to ensure all work at height is properly planned and organised and takes into account factors such as weather conditions that could endanger health and safety. Risk assessments need to be carried out before work begins and proper training in the use of ladders should be observed.

  • Those involved in work at height should be trained and competent.
  • The workplace should be as safe as is reasonably possible.
  • Equipment for work at height, including ladders, should be appropriately inspected and maintained.
  • The risks from fragile surfaces should be controlled.
  • Risks from falling objects need to be properly controlled.

Failure to promote safe working practices contributing to a fall from a ladder means negligence on the behalf of your employer: and so you could receive considerable compensation, based on the extent of your injuries, and other issues such as medical expenses and loss of earnings.

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