Am I Eligible to Claim?
Accidents involving objects falling from height can have devastating consequences for the person involved, and therefore it is possible to claim compensation to cover medical fees, rehabilitation costs and bills incurred during a period spent out of work. In order to make a successful claim for compensation, you will be required to prove that another person’s negligence was responsible for the accident that caused your injury.
Negligence may take the form of failing to complete an adequate risk assessment, failing to maintain a safe work environment or use of improper storage methods. As the responsible party, your employer should have taken some or all of the following precautions in an attempt to prevent injuries caused by objects falling from height:
- provision of covered walkways to protect people working below;
- heavy tools attached to safety lines;
- installed well-constructed platforms which prevent objects and materials falling to the floor below;
- toe boards installed on all platforms, preventing objects from being accidentally kicked over the edge;
- install mesh or netting below all mobile platforms and cradles;
If you suspect that your employer, or a fellow employee, has been negligent in their handling of tools or other objects when working at height and this negligence directly contributed to your accident, contact a solicitor immediately.
According to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), only half of all non-fatal accidents at work are actually reported. If you think you may have a valid claim for compensation but are worried about your employer’s reaction, get in touch with us for a no-obligation conversation.