Many people are required to use ladders as part of their job and do so safely on a regular basis. However, falls from ladders at height can happen, sometimes causing serious injuries to workers.

Our workplace accident lawyers are here for you if you’ve been in a ladder accident which was caused by issues such as:

  • Lack of planning
  • Inadequate training
  • Scaffolding or lifting devices being more suited to the job
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) not being provided
  • Faulty ladders

By making a ladder fall compensation claim, our solicitors could help you recover funds to pay for specialist medical treatment and to help with lost earnings.

We’re experienced in handling claims which involve falls from height and could ensure that your employer puts in place measures to stop similar accidents from happening again. Our personal injury solicitors have a proven record of success and have secured over £1.5 billion in compensation on behalf of our clients over the past two years.

Many of the ladder fall claims we handle are on a No Win No Fee basis, which means that you won’t have to pay any legal fees in the event that your claim isn’t successful*.

To find out more about making a ladder accident compensation claim, call us on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online to set up a free initial consultation.

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Frequently asked questions

What types of ladder fall accident can you claim for?

Both leaning ladders and stepladders can cause accidents if they aren’t used correctly. Your employer should have checked your workplace and any equipment before it was used in order to prevent your chances of being injured. The following factors should have been considered before you worked on a ladder:

  • Ladder length – when ladders are too small you may have to overreach, putting you at risk. They also shouldn’t exceed nine metres tall.
  • Balancing angle – normally 75 degrees is suggested.
  • Scaffolding – this should sometimes be provided if it would be a safer alternative.
  • Uneven surfaces - this can mean that rungs and steps aren’t horizontal, causing you to struggle with balancing.
  • Access ladders – these shouldn’t be longer than the surface you’re trying to reach
  • Maintenance – stiles should be in good condition, the ladder should have feet to prevent slipping, locking bars shouldn’t be bent and rungs should be straight.

If you’ve been made to work with substandard equipment or in unsafe conditions, and were injured as a consequence, we could help you make a claim. To find out more about how we could help, contact us free on 0800 056 4110.

What regulations should my employer have followed?

All employers are responsible for making sure the Health & Safety Act is followed in the workplace. When working with ladders, extra precautions need to be taken to ensure safety when working at height.

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 (and subsequent 2007 amendment) sets out duties that employers and those who control work (such as facilities managers and building owners) should comply with to make sure your working conditions are as safe as possible.

The guidelines highlight that:

  • Work at height must be planned and organised
  • Workers should be competent in their role and with using equipment such as ladders
  • Risk assessments should be carried out and appropriate equipment should be selected and used
  • Any fragile surfaces should be noted and highlighted to worker
  • Equipment should be maintained well and inspected regularly

We’re here to help if you’ve been injured because these rules weren’t followed by your employer. To find out whether you can make a claim for your accident, contact us free on 0800 056 4110.

Will I lose my job if I make a ladder fall claim?

We understand that you might be worried about making a claim because you’re concerned about losing your job. However, your employer can’t terminate your contract for this reason and can’t treat you any differently at work. Your employer has a duty of care to keep you safe, especially if they know you’re working with ladders.

This type of work, working at height, is particularly risky. Because of this, your employer should accept that you’re making a claim and should agree that they’ve not protected you to an adequate standard.

It’s also important to consider that by making a ladder fall claim, you could be protecting your fellow employees. Your employer is likely to make sure health and safety standards are implemented and maintained because you’ve highlighted their wrongdoings, preventing a similar incident from happening in the future .

In the rare instance that you are dismissed because you’ve made a claim, it’s likely that you’d be able to make an unfair dismissal claim under the Employment Rights Act 1996. We have specialist employment experts who can help in these circumstances, ensuring that your rights are protected.

To find out more about making a ladder fall claim, contact us today on 0800 056 4110.

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