Working at height poses enormous risks and employers who contract staff to carry out this type of work need to take extra precautions to ensure that their employees are safeguarded. If you have experienced an injury as a result of a ladder fall, or by falling from a faulty or insecure workstation, it may be possible to bring a claim for compensation against your employer.
A lack of adequate safeguarding measures can have very grave consequences for individuals who are employed to work at height. Workers who fall can be left with life-long crippling injuries and those who fall from a great height can lose their lives. Falls from heights are the leading cause of construction worker deaths in Ireland, some of which are likely to be connected to “cutting corners” within smaller building firms.
Bringing a working at height or ladder fall compensation claim
If you, or a member of your family, have suffered a serious injury or lost their life as a result of working at height, you may want to find out if it is possible to instigate a claim for compensation. We can instigate this process for you by investigating whether your employer has adhered to Health & Safety legislation, then determining the best course of action for securing an adequate settlement.
We have helped individuals and families to seek compensation for a broad range of scenarios, including:
- Ladder falls
- Falls from scaffolding
- Falls from cherry pickers or cranes
- Falls from high rise window cleaning systems
- Falls through fragile surfaces
- Falls from rooftops or high buildings.
There may be many other work-related scenarios that could result in a fall from height. Take a look at this useful guide provided by Ireland’s Health & Safety Authority. Or you can speak to one of our specialist accident-at-work solicitors today for advice on your specific situation.
Causes of ladder fall accidents
There are multiple scenarios involving ladder falls where a third party may be deemed negligent and liable to pay compensation for the accident. This includes employers who have:
- Provided a ladder with a faulty mechanism.
- Provided a ladder with a broken step on it.
- Not provided the correct supervision of the ladder when required.
- Not provided the correct training on the usage of company ladders.
- Expected employees to use a ladder in an inappropriate or unsafe setting.
- Ignored the dangerous or negligent behaviour of other employees around the accident victim.
Causes of other working at height accidents
There are many other working at height accident scenarios where an employer may be deemed negligent. This includes employers who:
- Fail to regularly check mechanical equipment such as cherry pickers and lifts.
- Fail to provide appropriate training on the use of mechanical equipment and tools.
- Fail to provide adequate support to complete the duties of the job.
- Overload equipment used to move materials at height.
- Allow unqualified individuals to work with machinery and equipment they are not skilled in using.
If any of these scenarios sound familiar then you may have the grounds to bring a working at height or ladder fall compensation case.
About McCarthy + Co
With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims, McCarthy + Co. has expertise in a wide variety of fields including relating to accidents in the workplace, including ladder fall compensation cases. We are a family-run business, who pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial, and helpful advice.
Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork, but we work with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance, and assistance on any form of personal injury.
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Working at Height & Ladder Fall Compensation Claims
If you, or a family member, has suffered an injury as a result of falling from a height, and you believe the accident was avoidable, get in contact with our working at height injury solicitors today to make a start on your claim or gather more information. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
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