Falling from height compensation claims

Falls from height are one of the largest causes of fatalities and serious injuries in the workplace. Common accident circumstances include falling from ladders or through fragile roofs.

If you or a loved one has been injured at work due to a fall from a height accident then our team of Personal Injury Lawyers may be able to help you in making a claim for compensation. Our team also assist many relatives of a person who has died as a result of a fall from height in work.


The Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR)

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR) are intended to prevent death and injury from a fall from height and outlines what an employer is expected to do in order to comply with it.

Work at height is defined as any place where (if there were no precautions in place) a person could fall a distance that is liable to cause personal injury. Examples of working at height include situations where you:

  • are working on a ladder, scaffolding, machine or a flat roof
  • could fall through a fragile surface, such as, roof lights, liner panels on built-up sheeted roofs, corroded metal sheets, glass, rotted chipboard, slates and tiles etc.
  • could fall into an opening in a floor or a hole in the ground.

Employers are expected to ensure that any work at height is properly planned, supervised and carried out by appropriately trained staff. When planning the works, employers are expected to take account of the weather conditions, prevent materials from falling, introduce safe zones, and plan for emergencies, evacuation and rescue.

It is still possible to bring a claim for compensation if your accident at work was caused by the negligent acts of another member of staff.


Employment legal issues related to the work accident

Our legal team can also assist with any employment law issues that may arise as a result of the accident at work. If you are dismissed or suffer a “detriment” because you have reported a Health & Safety issue or bring a claim for personal injury then you could also have an employment claim.


Time limit to make a claim

You generally have three years from the date of accident to bring a claim, although there are a few exceptions, which our legal team will be able to advise you upon.


Contact us

If you or a loved one have been injured at work due to a fall from height and you would like to make a fall from height compensation claim, please speak to one of our Personal Injury (PI) lawyers on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat or complete the request a call back form and we will call you.