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Work Fall Injury Statistics

In the UK, work fall injuries account for more than half of all serious work accidents reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) with, in 2009/2010, 41 per cent involving tripping and slipping and a further 16 per cent of UK work fall injuries being due to a fall from height. In numerical terms, this represents almost 15,000 serious incidents of work fall injury in the UK.

The most dangerous professions in which to work at height are in the agriculture and construction industries. A work fall injury in these industries may often be far more serious than in other forms of employment, and these two industries combined accounted for over 50 per cent of work fatalities in 2009/2010.

Qualifying for a Work Fall Claim

Responsibility for preventing work fall injuries in the UK is held by an employer. Before any task is undertaken, they have to perform a risk assessment and then provide appropriate safety equipment, training and supervision, to ensure a safe working environment for their employees. Ongoing assessment is also part of an employer’s responsibility to prevent a fall at work.

As well as providing protection for those above the ground, employers also have to safeguard against anybody at ground level being injured by falling tools, machinery and other employees. This responsibility also extends to preventing a work fall injury where there is any risk of an employee (or member of the public) falling through an unprotected area — such as the access hatch to a bar cellar. If you have sustained a work fall injury due to an employer failing to adhere to health and safety regulations, you are entitled to make a work fall claim.

Before Making a Work Fall Claim

Because of the potential injuries that can occur when falling at work, healthcare professionals recommend that when you have suffered a fall at work you remain still and wait for an ambulance to be summoned. Even when you believe that you have no more than bruising, or have strained a ligament, more serious damage could be masked by the pain of your injury.

If an ambulance is not summoned after you have sustained a work fall injury, go immediately to the nearest hospital casualty unit — taking a colleague with you to help in the event that you go into delayed shock. Whiplash type injuries could also occur when your landing has caused your head to snap back and forth in a violent manner and there is always the risk of neurological damage which may not be immediately evident.

Before making a claim for a work fall, there are certain procedures which have to be adhered to:-

  • Any injury at work should be recorded in your employer’s “Accident Report Book” and it will be beneficial to your work fall claim if you are able to get statements from witnesses who saw your accident, or who have knowledge of another work fall injury being sustained previously.
  • If you are able to return to the scene where your work fall injury occurred, take photographs of what caused your accident. Obviously do not put yourself in further danger and, if you are incapacitated from your injury, have a friend or colleague do this on your behalf.
  • Have a preliminary discussion about the circumstances of your accident with a solicitor to establish that you have a claim for work fall injury which is worth your while to pursue. Ensure that you bring to his attention any effect your work fall injury has had on your quality of life.

Free Work Fall Claim Advice

If you believe that you have sustained a work fall injury due to the lack of care of an employer, you are invited to call our work injury claims advice service. Your call will be answered directly by a solicitor, who will offer helpful and practical advice about your entitlement to make a work fall claim, with no obligation on you to take advantage of our services once you have spoken with us.

Our lines are open seven days a week from 8.00am to 10.00pm, and all calls to our work injury claims advice service are completely confidential. Consequently, our service provides the most discrete way in which you can establish your entitlement to make a work fall claim without risking an uncomfortable confrontation in the workplace or damaging an existing good relationship with an employer.