Preventing workplace falls

When assessing the validity of work accident claims it is important to establish whether or not the employee was partly to blame. In some cases, the employee is deemed to be partly to blame because they have taken insufficient care to protect their safety. Such partial negligence will greatly affect the compensation claim despite the role that other workplace risks played in the accident. Nevertheless, in the vast majority of cases, employers must shoulder the blame.

Employers are genuinely deemed responsible due to the common law duty of care that they own to their employees to take every reasonably practicable step to protect them from physical or psychological harm. This requires employers to exact high health and safety standards in the workplace in order to prevent fall injuries. This may include:

• Ensuring that the workplace remains clean and tidy

• Removing trip hazards e.g. by checking that surfaces are level underfoot

• Fitting all staircases with handrails

• Checking the functionality of equipment such as ladders or lifts

• Ensure that the workplace is sufficiently lit

• Providing staff with the appropriate personal protective equipment e.g. hard hats, harnesses, non-slip footwear

Perhaps the most effective method of avoiding fall injuries though is training. If employees are properly trained in how to use equipment safely and how to avoid fall hazards in the workplace, they will be less likely to sustain injuries. Failing to provide such training would suggest that employers have paid insufficient attention to health and safety regulations and could therefore be said to have failed to discharge their legal duty of care. ANy employee who is injured as a result should instruct a specialist work accident solicitor.

In short, an employer can prevent fall injuries to their workers by ensuring that the workplace is a safe environment and their employees have sufficient training to prevent themselves coming to harm. Whilst workers must of course take personal responsibility for their safety, employers have a responsibility to ensure that they are sufficiently aware of fall hazards in the workplace.

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