Scaffolding and Working at Height Accidents

Working at height is an essential element of many workplaces. Construction sites, in particular, involve a lot of working at height, often on scaffolding. However, working at heights carries some obvious risks of accident and injury.

For this reason, employers in industries which require working with scaffolding and other forms of working at height are subject to strict laws. There are clear and enforceable legal requirements which demand they take suitable safety precautions to ensure that their employees are able to work safely at heights and that all risks have been minimised.


Falling From a Height in an Accident at Work

Falling while working on scaffolding is one of the most common ways in which somebody might experience a fall from a height in the workplace. This can happen if the scaffold has not been properly erected, either because it is lacking proper safety measures or the different parts are not secured well, or if it is not sufficiently well-maintained. However, there are a number of other types of workplace accident, besides scaffolding, that might involve falling from a height.

Falling through roofs is another fairly common way that people fall from heights while working. Roofs can sometimes be fragile if they are not in good repair, and if a person is sent up to work on such a roof without proper safety precautions being observed, it can give way under they weight and they can fall through.

Some large machines require people to work from elevated positions. Once again, people can fall to ground level if proper safety measures are not in place and this is particularly dangerous as they may land on or inside machines. Even workers at ground level can fall from a height if proper safety measures are not taken around pits, holes or other other kinds of drop.

Falling off of ladders and stepladders is also a danger. Those working with ladders might be elevated by anything from a few feet to a couple of stories. If the ladder is not properly and safely propped up, is not suitable for the kind of work being carried out, or is in such poor repair that it simply breaks, the worker on top of it can be sent rapidly to the ground and the consequences can be just as severe as in any other fall from a height.


The Dangers of Working at Heights

If you have an accident while working at height such as falling from scaffolding, there are a number of injuries that can result. The sheer force of the fall can result in broken bones and severe bruising, as well as bleeding if the skin is broken. On all of these counts, the danger is even greater if you land on an uneven surface or on top of some object.

If you fall from a height during a workplace accident and land on your back, there is a very real danger that your spine will be injured. This can lead to a lot of pain, lengthy recovery times, and temporary or even permanent problems with mobility. Hitting your head as a result of a fall in the workplace can potentially lead to brain injury, which can give you long-term difficulties with things like coordination, learning and speech.


The Legal Duties of Employers

All employers are compelled by law to look out for the safety of their employees. This includes taking the necessary measures to make sure that any workplace under their authority is as safe as it reasonably can be, whether it’s a quiet office or a busy construction site. When higher-risk factors such as working at height are involved, this duty becomes all the more important and employers are under a strict duty to ensure that the risks involved are minimised.

If you have fallen from a height in the workplace and it was not your fault, but you believe that your employer was at fault because they failed to observe the proper safety precautions, you might be entitled to compensation. We at are dedicated to helping people claim the compensation they deserve in the most straightforward way possible and, if your claim is not successful, we will not charge a fee. For more information or to get your claim off the ground, call us on 0161 447 9193.