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On average there are 50 fatalities every year in the UK involving ladder accidents. In addition there are over 1,000 serious injuries and 40,000 hospital visits and of these 25% are as a result of falls from height. Employers have a statutory responsibility to ensure that their employees have the necessary equipment and training to comply with Health and Safety legislation to reduce risk. An employer is required to provide competent co-workers, adequate equipment and a safe system of work with proper training and supervision failing which a ladder accident solicitor may succeed in a compensation claim for personal injury.

Risk Assessment

In addition to the basic safety rules, employers are required to carry out risk assessments for almost every operation involving a ladder. The employer is required to consider each potential operation in detail and so far as is reasonable possible reduce risk to an acceptable level. This may be subject to review and guidance by the Health & Safety Executive who have extensive experience in these matters. A laddet accident solicitor dealing with a compensation claim will inevitably make early consideration of the companies records to establish the degree of prior risk assessment.

Health & Safety Regulations

Ladder accident compensation claims are a matter of great concern notwithstanding the existence of many different regulations governing health and safety, the purpose of which is to reduce the incidence of injury. The basic legal requirements for employers are as follows :-

  • any surface upon which a ladder rests must be stable, level and firm, of sufficient strength and of suitable composition to support any load placed on it to reduce the risk of ladder accidents
  • the top of any ladder used as a means of access to another level shall, unless a suitable alternative handhold is provided, extend to a sufficient height above the level to which it gives access so as to provide a safe handhold
  • were a ladder or run of ladders rises a vertical distance of 9 metres or more above its base, there shall, where practicable, be provided at suitable intervals sufficient safe landing areas or rest platforms
  • al ladders should be in sound condition, clean and well maintained and be free from missing, bent or loose rungs, bent or damaged stiles, splitting, warping or corrosion and without sharp edges
  • a ladder shall :-
    • where used as a means of access be secured so as to prevent it slipping or falling
    • be suitable and of sufficient strength for the purpose for which it is being used
    • be so erected as to ensure that it does not become displaced
    • where it is of a length when used of 3 metres or more, be secured to the extent that it is practicable to do so and where it is not practicable to secure a person shall be positioned at the foot to prevent it slipping when it is being used

Ladder Accident Solicitors

Our ladder accident solicitors deal with personal injury compensation claims. They are all members of the Law Society panel of personal injury experts and they operate the no win no fee* scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. For free advice from a specialist solicitor just complete the contact form and a member of the Law Society panel of personal injury experts will speak to you on the telephone at no cost and with no obligation.



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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here