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Falling from a ladder is one of the main types of falling from height claims that can occur in many different work environments, such as a construction site. If you have fallen from a ladder while at work in an incident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. 

To learn more or to start your claim, get in touch with our expert team on 0800 808 9740 or contact us online. 

Risk of Falling from a Ladder

There is always a risk of falling if you are on a ladder, whether you are carrying out jobs in the home or at work. The nature of many jobs requires the regular use of ladders and both employers and employees should take reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Roofers, builders, scaffolders, labourers and anyone else working within the construction or trade industry who has a requirement to use ladders in their job is at a heightened risk of injury. 

Employer’s Responsibility

Your employer has a duty of care to protect you from any dangers within your working environment. Employees should be given the correct training and regular risk assessments should be undertaken by your employer to ensure safety. If there is a change to your process of working, risk assessments should be carried out to assess whether there are any new potential dangers present.

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 is legislation set out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). All employers who require their staff to use ladders must comply with the regulations, which include ensuring that the ladder is always supported and that stepladders are only used for a short duration of time. If you believe that your employer has failed to adhere to any appropriate HSE regulations, then you may be able to claim for any injuries that you have suffered. 

Reasons for Ladder Falls

There are many different reasons as to why an employee may have fallen from a ladder, resulting in injury. In some instances, the ladders may not be suitable for the job you are doing or the ladders may be broken or poorly maintained. Similarly, there could be little to no grip or a lack of anti-slipping materials on the steps of the ladder, which could potentially cause injury. You may have been carrying tools while climbing up the ladder, which can often result in injury as it is more difficult to securely grip onto the ladder in this case. The resting place of the ladders may also be unstable which could result in the ladder falling down completely. Similarly, you may have not been given adequate training about how to interact and use ladders within the workplace, resulting in injury. 

If the fault of the accident lies with your employer, you may be able to claim compensation as a result. 


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Amount of Compensation

Compensation is decided upon an individual basis by taking into account the specific details of your case. Compensation is decided by assessing the pain and suffering that the injury has caused you, as well as any loss of amenity/ability to function that has occurred due to your injuries. Compensation will also take into account any additional financial costs such as a loss of income that has occurred due to being unable to work or costs for treatment. Therefore, you should retain any receipts which outline costs associated with your injury to ensure that these costs can be claimed back.

To find out how much compensation you could be owed for certain injury types, visit our compensation calculator.

It is important to remember that these are just general damages compensation estimates and the amount of compensation you receive will be individually tailored to your specific circumstances. 

Making Personal Injury Claims

If you have been injured due to falling from a ladder in the workplace, you may be entitled to compensation. First Personal Injury solicitors are available to assist you and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. 

First Personal Injury works with both families and individuals across England and Wales, leading them on their legal journey and helping them claim compensation after an accident or injury. 

To learn more or to start your claim, get in touch with our expert team on 0800 808 9740 or contact us online. 

Other Claims For Accidents In Work

Here at First Personal Injury, we deal with a wide range of accident at work claims, some of which are listed below. If you have been injured in the workplace from some other type of occurrence, please do not hesitate to contact us anyway, as we may be able to help and advise regarding your claim for compensation.

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