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    Mulderrigs have over 25 years’ experience in fall from height claims. Falls from scaffolding, ladders, roofs and platforms are responsible for some of the most serious workplace accidents. These cases are also the biggest cause of fatal workplace accidents.

    Accidents involving workers falling from height are one of the main causes of serious injuries the workplace. Falls from ladders, roofs and scaffolding platforms frequently result in serious head injuries, multiple fractures, internal injuries or even fatal injuries. HSE records indicate that these accidents are particularly common amongst construction workers, roof workers, joiners, warehouse workers and drivers and because working at height is so dangerous there are strict regulations which oblige employers to take extra care for the safety of their workers.

    Wherever possible an employer should avoid the need for workers to work at height. And where that can’t be avoided the employer should ensure that there is careful planning, a safe means of access, proper training and proper supervision.

    If a worker is badly injured or even killed as a result of an accident where these regulations have not been followed there is likely to be a strong case for claiming compensation for the injured worker or his/her family.

    Mulderrigs have been dealing with serious injury compensation claims arising from falls from height for over 30 years we have expert knowledge of the law and the regulations that apply to falls from height, and we work closely with the leading barristers and medical experts.

    Call us now to get some free advice, we will be able to tell you very quickly whether or not we can help. If we need to have a more detailed discussion we will be happy to come out to see you at home anywhere in the UK and if we agree to take on your case we will be happy to work on “no win no fee” terms so that you are not exposed to any financial risk.

    Ladder Falls

    Ladders look like such a simple piece of equipment. Most people will have one lying around in their garage or shed, and sometimes the only way to get a job done is to use a ladder. But ladders are potentially very dangerous and serious accidents can occur if:-

    • The work isn’t properly planned
    • The ladder isn’t secured in place or “footed” by a colleague
    • The ladder itself is faulty

    In many cases a ladder is just the wrong tool for the job – A scaffolding platform or a cherry picker would have been the appropriate way to get access.

    Scaffolding Falls

    Working with scaffolding is a very technical job. There are various levels of specialist qualifications available to workers in the scaffolding trade.

    A properly built scaffolding should be constructed by reference to a detailed plan, a risk assessment or method statement. There should be a properly qualified scaffold erector in charge at all times.

    There should be edge protection, harnesses or other fall-arrest equipment available to guard against the risk of falls and other appropriate personal protective equipment should be provided.  It always shocks us to see how often unqualified and unsupervised workers are asked to work on, or even build or dismantle scaffolding. It can get very dangerous very quickly.

    On badly run sites there is a major risk of workers being injured by falling from a height, being struck by falling objects, or even by the complete collapse of the scaffolding itself.

    If you’ve been injured in a ladder or scaffolding accident, or any other fall from height call us now to get some free advice. We will be able to tell you very quickly whether or not we can help and if we agree to take on your case we will be happy to work on “no win no fee” terms so that you are not exposed to any financial risk.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Under the The Work at Height Regulations 2005 your employer is obliged to:

    • Consider every aspect of your work and avoid the need for work at height wherever possible
    • Carry out a careful risk assessment for any work at height that can’t be avoided
    • Provide the most appropriate equipment to carry out any work at height
    • Provide suitable training to you and any colleagues involved in any work at height

    We have been involved “fall from height” claims in lots of situations:

    Falls from ladders
    Ladders are a seemingly straightforward piece of equipment, but they are often unsuitable for working at height and can be very dangerous if not used with great care.

    Falls from large machines
    Machine operators and maintenance workers are often asked to work at height in very dangerous conditions on large pieces of industrial plant and machinery.

    Falls from HGVs, trailers and loading bays
    Often have large exposed falls. Drivers and warehouse staff are often asked to work in very dangerous conditions.

    Falls from roofs
    Some workers are asked to work on high roofs where the edge is not properly guarded. Others are asked to work on roofs which are not designed to be walked on at all.

    Falls from scaffolding
    Constructing a scaffold tower is a skilled occupation but many workers are asked to build or dismantle scaffolds without any training and this is a frequent cause of accidents where workers fall from unguarded platforms, or where scaffolds collapse altogether.

    Falls whilst carrying equipment and materials
    Workers often fall whilst climbing ladders or scaffolds because they have been asked to carry tools or materials whilst climbing.