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Falls from Unsecured Ladders Claims

Working at height can be extremely dangerous and a task that should be kept short and sweet, preferably under 30 minutes. While construction workers account for the largest proportion of fatal fall injuries, many more are at risk – electricians, roofers, window cleaners, gardeners and factory workers – they all at some point step onto a pair of ladders.

Claims for falls from unsecured ladders are usually made when the injury has occurred because of employer negligence. A fall that causes a significant injury to the spine or head can sadly be fatal, while some victims may be left with injuries that cause chronic pain or force them to retire from the job they love.

If you feel negligence has contributed to your injuries, we will be able to quickly assess whether you are eligible to make falls from unsecured ladders claim.

Examples of Falls from Unsecured Ladders

Falls from unsecured ladders can occur when:

  • The ladder is not secured properly, for example against a wall
  • An alternative for jobs over 30 minutes has not been explored
  • A worker has been given poor guidance from a superior
  • The ladder is being used without a levelling accessory
  • The anti-slip rubber feet are missing from the ladder
  • The ladder is being used on an uneven surface
  • Guardrails are missing from the ladder

These safety measures are in addition to an employee receiving full training on stepladder and ladder safety, and a pre-use check of the ladder’s stiles, rungs, locking mechanisms, stepladder platform and steps or treads, to ensure that there are no visible faults.

Ladders should also not be overloaded if a worker needs to carry tools or materials up with them to do the job and these are precautions that their employer should be fully aware of.

What are my Employer’s Responsibilities?

Where an employer is aware of these hazards, it is their legal responsibility to plan ahead for them and ensure that there are appropriate safeguarding measures in place to protect both their workforce and members of the public.

According to the Work at Height Regulations 2005 your employer should:

  • Ensure that any work is height is carried out by someone competent
  • The work is properly planned and supervised
  • The correct equipment is used for the job which may not be a ladder
  • Carry out a full risk assessment

How to make a Fall from Unsecured Ladders Claim

Although contacting a solicitor might be the last thing on your mind while you adjust to your injuries, compensation can support the cost of any medical treatments, including physiotherapy and counselling, childcare and mounting bills. We will always try to make sure that the damages you receive is a reflection of the damage you have suffered.

To make a Fall from Unsecured Ladders Claim Freephone 0800 193 88 88
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