Ladder Accident In The Workplace – I Fell From A Ladder At Work, Could I Claim Compensation?

    By Olivia Ibe. Last updated 3rd March 2021. Welcome to our guide on how to make ladder accident in the workplace claims. Did you suffer an injury following a fall from a ladder at work? Could this accident have been avoided had the correct ladder safety precautions been implemented initially? If so, you could claim compensation with a personal injury solicitor.

    This guide will provide you with advice about falls from ladders, common causes of ladder accidents, what injuries could result from such events and how you could claim compensation for damages. We will also explain how a No Win No Fee financial agreement could significantly reduce the financial risk of pursuing a claim.

    With years’ of experience in representing victims of third-party negligence, our panel of experts possesses the knowledge and capabilities to help you pursue your claim. For further assistance in beginning your claim or simply a casual chat about any concerns, call us on 0161 696 9685. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a friendly adviser waiting to take your call.

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    A Guide On Ladder Fall Accident At Work Compensation Claims

    According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), a staggering 40% of fatal accidents for workers are for fall from heights, which makes it the biggest cause of RIDDOR reported fatal accidents. What’s more, of 111 workplace deaths, 40 took place in the construction industry. If you suffered an injury from a ladder fall that could have been avoided if the correct precautions were taken, then you could make a claim for compensation.

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    ladder accident in the workplace claims

    In this guide, we will look at a variety of factors which relate to ladder accident in the workplace claims, including causes of accidents and workplace injuries. We will also look at what rights workers have and how an employer could be held liable for infringement of these rights.

    We understand you could have a lot of questions regarding workplace accidents claims and we will try to answer as many as possible, such as:

    • “If an employee falls from a ladder and is injured is he or she to blame?”
    • “What proportion of accidents involve ladders?”
    • “What percentage of major fall accidents involve ladders?”
    • “How many people are killed by ladders?”
    • “How many people each year are killed by accidents at work?”
    • “If I fell off a ladder at work, can I sue?”

    However, if your question is not answered or listed above, an adviser from our team will be more than happy to help.

    What Is A Ladder Accident?

    A ladder accident can be a workplace accident. A ladder accident is when a person may be injured unexpectedly when using a ladder, whether that is from a height or on the ground assisting some else. Working at heights can be particularly dangerous, there are several risks that can cause a fall from height. Ladder accident in the workplace claims could result from:

    • Slipping
    • Faulty equipment (E.g. Broken steps, faulty mechanism)
    • Poor training
    • Negligent placement of ladder
    • Lack of supervision
    • Dangerous behaviour by those in the vicinity

    The severity of the injury you suffer if you fell off a ladder could very much depend on a plethora of extenuating factors, such as the height you fell from and the surface you land on. In most cases, it is not uncommon for the victim to suffer bruises, cuts, fractures and scrapes at the very least. A more severe accident will likely cause neck injuries, head injuries, spinal cord damage and, in severe cases, paralysis.

    Ladder Safety In The Workplace

    There is a legal obligation for all employers to support the health and well-being of their employees while on-site at all times. It is their responsibility to ensure all employees follow the correct health and safety procedures at all times. There are several different types of legislation that enforce basic health and safety practices which can help in preventing ladder accidents and other types of workplace accidents too. For example, one article of legislation is the Working At Height Regulations (WAHR) 2005. This simply establishes what the law will consider as “working from a height” and that there is a need to control a risk of falling from a height or distance which may result in injury. These regulations cover a range of activities, such as working on/in:

    • Scaffolding
    • Lorries (E.g. Back of lorry)
    • Containers
    • Staging or trestles (E.g. At concerts)
    • Mineshafts
    • Evacuation areas
    • Maintenance tasks (E.g. Window cleaning, shelf filing, shopfitting, etc.)

    There is no ban on ladders and stepladders under health and safety law. However, the legislation calls for risk management in the form of sensible usage and a proportionate approach. The user should conduct pre-use checks to highlight potential hazards. The user should carry out these pre-use checks at the beginning of the working day and after the condition of the ladder changes (E.g. Dropped or moved from various areas). The user should check the stiles, feet, rungs, locking mechanisms, platform and treads for defects. If the ladder is defective in any way, then the user should notify their employer immediately.

    For information about Health and Safety in Construction, please click here to read the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) guide. Alternatively, keep reading to learn more about ladder accident in the workplace claims.

    Falls From A Ladder Caused By Overreaching

    The HSE advises users to avoid overreaching on ladders and stepladders to reduce the risk of accidents. An accident of this type is likely to occur if the ladder is too short or the user is stretching beyond their reach for something and their balance is subsequently lost as a result. To minimise the risk of becoming injured from falling off a ladder, the user should ensure the ladder is fit for the job in question. By law, all employers should provide their staff with the correct equipment to complete a job safely and effectively. If they fail to do so then they could be held liable for any pain or suffering incurred in ladder accident in the workplace claims.

    Falls And Accidents Caused By Faulty Ladders

    Manufacturers have a duty of care to check the equipment is fit for purpose. Faulty equipment could make them liable for a ladder injury. Employers should provide their staff with the correct equipment to complete a job safely and effectively, wear and tear of the equipment should be taken into account. Defects are likely to occur on a regular basis, failure by a responsible employer to check the equipment could make them liable for any pain or suffering incurred.

    Remember that it is vital that someone else be responsible for your accident in order to pursue a personal injury claim. With this in mind, you should look to report the faulty ladder and the accident itself to help provide sufficient evidence to support your claim.

    Falls From A Ladder Caused By Improper Usage

    Your employer should train you adequately to use ladders correctly to ensure the equipment pose an as little risk as possible. If you do not receive this type of training prior to beginning your job or the task at hand, then they could be held accountable for an injury if you fell off a ladder. This may also include:

    • A lack of information on the correct ladder to use for a particular task
    • How to place a ladder firmly to ensure it is not prone to slipping
    • Functions of a ladder
    • How to supervise a ladder

    You could receive workers compensation for a fall from a ladder if you suffered an injury because of the employers negligence. Call us today to discuss your circumstances with an expert adviser or continue reading to learn more about ladder accident in the workplace claims.

    Additional Causes Of Ladder Related Accidents

    Generally speaking, accidents involving ladders may result from damage, incorrect usage and overreaching. In addition to those listed above, there are several other causes of ladder-related accidents. Other causes include:

    • Weather Hazards: The risk of falls is likely to be higher during bad weather conditions. If an employer makes their workforce use such equipment in hazardous conditions, they could be held liable for a ladder injury.
    • Incorrect Placement: A ladder should be solid, firm and sturdy when placed. If a ladder is situated on a wet, soft or slippery surface it could cause the ladder to slip and the user to fall.
    • Lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Employees should expect to wear various items of PPE when using a ladder, such as helmets, knee covers, boots and other such attire. An injury is more likely to occur if the employee is not wearing the correct PPE. If the employer fails to issue this equipment, it could be seen as an act of negligence.
    • Failure To Lock A Ladder: Before a ladder is mounded, the hinges should be secured to ensure the ladder is safe to use. If the hinges are loose, the ladder could slip and cause a serious injury.
    • Standing On Top: The very top of a ladder should never be stood on as it is designed to keep the ladder as close to the wall as possible. By standing on the top step, the position of the ladder could become unstable.

    Statistics Highlighting Ladder Safety And Accidents In The UK

    There are many types of fall from height injury statistics that outline the dangers of using a ladder improperly. All of these should be taken into account as they will highlight the extent of accidents across Great Britain. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the most common accident kinds in Great Britain shows that falls from height makeup 8% of all non-fatal injuries to employees in 2019. Further from this, we can see in these statistics that falls are one of the single largest causes of workplace accidents.

    I Had A Ladder Accident In A Public Place, Could I Claim Compensation?

    For victims that experience an accident that wasn’t their fault, they could make ladder accident in the workplace claims if a third-party was negligent. The negligence of this situation could lie with a lack of warning signs or cordons in the appropriate place. To discuss personal injury claims for ladder accidents in a public place, contact our advisers today.

    Calculating Compensation Awards For A Ladder Accident

    The table below demonstrates examples of how much compensation you could receive for injuries in accordance with various severities. The amounts are known as general damages and are taken from Judicial College Guidelines.

    InjurySeverityAmountInformation
    Back InjurySevere£85,470 to £151,070The most significant cases will involve damage to the nerve roots, spinal cord and other such regions which give rise to severe disability.
    Back InjuryModerate£26,050 to £36,390There is a range of injuries which will qualify for this bracket, including lumbar vertebrae, compression fractures and crush injuries.
    Back InjuryMinor£7,410 to £11,730A minor injury may recover fully or at least to a nuisance level, without surgery within two to five years. Short term acceleration and/or exacerbation injuries, which again will take between two to five years to recover, will also apply to this bracket.
    Shoulder InjurySevere£18,020 to £45,070Often associated with neck injuries and involving damage to the brachial plexus.
    Shoulder InjurySerious£11,980 to £18,020A serious shoulder injury will, among other symptoms, cause pain in the shoulder, neck, aching in elbow and symptoms of sensory damage in the forearm and hand. These symptoms will often result from damage to the lower part of the brachial plexus.
    Shoulder InjuryModerate£7,410 to £11,980These types of injuries will usually cause limitation of movement and discomfort. Usually this will last for about 2-years (or thereof).
    Shoulder InjuryMinor£4,080 to £7,410An almost to complete recovery will likely occur, although damage to the soft tissue in the shoulder will cause considerable pain during this recovery period.
    Elbow InjurySeverely Disabling£36,770 to £51,460This injury will severely disable the person in question and recovery may not be certain.
    Elbow InjuryLess Severe£14,690 to £30,050Although less severe, these injuries will impair the individual’s function. However, an injury of this nature will not require major surgery.
    Elbow InjuryModerate/Minor InjuryUp to £11,820The majority of elbow injuries that fall into this bracket will comprise of fractures, lacerations and tennis elbow.

    Compensation Awarded For Costs And Loss Of Income

    In addition to the general damages, as listed above, you could claim compensation for out-of-pocket expenses. These are known as special damages and refer to costs you may incur as a result of an injury. For example, these can include medical fees, travel expenses, loss of earnings and even future loss of earnings.

    No Win No Fee Claims If You Fell From A Ladder

    Whether you suffered following a ladder accident or another form of accident at work, your personal injury lawyer could seek to secure a settlement for your damages on a No Win No Fee basis. The premises of this financial agreement simply state your solicitor’s legal fees will only be your responsibility if the personal injury claim is successful. A small percentage will be deducted as a “success fee” from the final amount to cover these legal costs, though you will have a chance to discuss how much this percentage will be prior to beginning your claim.

    If your claim is unsuccessful, then you will not be held accountable for your solicitor’s legal fees. What’s more, there are no hidden costs or upfront fees required to start a claim, which means the financial risks associated with pursuing a No Win No Fee claim are significantly reduced.

    Why Choose Legal Helpline For Your Ladder Fall Accident Claim?

    Our panel of solicitor has years of experience in representing victims for a range of claims, including ladder accident in the workplace claims. We understand how traumatic an accident can be, which is why your personal injury solicitor will treat your case with respect. Your legal representative will gather as much supporting evidence as possible to strengthen your claim while providing you with key updates about any important changes in your case. All the advice you receive will be impartial and given with your best interests in mind.

    Ladder Accident in the Workplace Claims FAQ

    Here are some common questions to conclude our guide.

    How long can you claim for an accident at work?

    Personal injury claims have a typical time limit of 3 years. This period is within which you must claim if you want to, otherwise, you won’t be eligible for a payout. However, exceptions apply to those under the age of 18 and those lacking the mental capacity to claim themselves.

    Had an accident at work can I claim?

    For victims that experience an accident that wasn’t their fault, they could make ladder accident in the workplace claims if a third-party was negligent. For a consultation, please speak to one of our advisors on the number at the top of the page.

    Start Your Claim If You Fell From A Ladder

    To begin your claim today, you can use one of the contact methods below to discuss your circumstances with a specialist from our team. A friendly adviser could assess the validity of your claim under a free, no-obligation consultation.

    • Call Us: You can reach us on 0161 696 9685
    • Online: Click here to begin your claim online.
    • Call Back: We’ll call you back at a time that best suits you, click here to find out more.

    References And Resources

    HSE Health And Safety Law
    A brief guide to ladders and stepladders by the Health and Safety Executive

    Using Ladders Safely
    How to carry out crucial checks and use ladders safely.

    Compensation Claims For Slips, Trips And Falls
    If you suffered from a slip, trip or fall, you could claim compensation.

    Assault At Work Claims
    How you could recover a settlement amount if you have been the victim of a workplace assault.

    Broken Wrist At Work Compensation
    You could receive compensation for an accident at work. Read our detailed guide to find out more.

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