Falling objects are the third most common cause of injury at work, after slips, trips and falls and manual handling. Being hit by a falling object can result in a serious or fatal injury. You have a right to feel safe at work and not to be injured by falling objects.
Your employer has a duty of care to you, they have a legal responsibility to reduce the risk of injury at work. Unfortunately, accidents still happen especially if your employer has not provided a safe environment. Has your employer failed to reduce risk in your workplace? Have you or a loved one been injured by a falling object at work?
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What Should I Do If I Am Injured From A Falling Object At work?
The most important thing you should do is seek legal advice as soon as possible. To make a successful claim, you must be able to demonstrate the accident was caused by the negligence of your employer or someone employed by them. Inadequate health and safety procedures, inadequate training or poorly maintained equipment can result in a falling object accident at work.
You should also ensure that:
- The accident is recorded in the Accident Book or similar document
- Any CCTV footage is retained
- You seek First Aid/Medical Attention as soon as possible
- Details of witnesses are obtained
- You cooperate with any work accident investigation
- Photographs of the equipment is taken.
What Are The Time Limits For A Falling Object Claim?
In the UK, there are time limits that apply when making a personal injury claim. You must issue court proceedings within three years of the date of the accident or from the date that the injury is diagnosed. It is important you seek advice as soon as possible, so a qualified solicitor can ensure your claim is made in time.
What Are Common Causes Of Falling Object Injuries?
Common causes of falling object injuries at work include:
- Objects not being stacked correctly in a warehouse
- Safety netting not in place or secure at construction sites
- Buildings collapsing
- Faulty machinery
- Carelessness of colleagues
- Lack of fencing/guarding
- Poor or no risk assessment
Where Might Falling Object Injuries Happen?
Common places falling object accidents happen include:
- Construction and building sites
- Demolition sites
- Retail premises
- Mines and quarries
- Schools and colleges
- Public buildings
What Injuries Can Be Suffered From A Falling Object?
Common injuries from falling objects can include:
- Head injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Foot injuries
- Broken bones, fractures and sprains
- Arm injuries
- Leg injuries
In the most serious cases, falling objects can cause death. If your loved one has died from a falling object at work, you may also be eligible for a claim, to speak to our specialist accident at work solicitors call us on 01642 843 667 or use our contact form, and we will call you back.
What Can I Claim For?
If you have suffered an injury from a falling object at work that was not your fault, you may be able to claim for:
- Loss of earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses, for instance, prescription costs
- Compensation for care provided even if it was unpaid
- Travel expenses
- Additional fuel costs
- Disadvantages in the labour market
Responsibilities of The Employer
It is the responsibility of your employer to do all they reasonably could have done to avoid you suffering an accident at work. They must:
- Provide personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Provide the correct training
- Warn staff of risks, verbally and through signage
- Provide a safe workplace, ensuring it is clean and tidy
- Prevent objects falling
- Reduce the risk to employees to the lowest level possible
Would Bringing A Claim Endanger My Job?
You are legally protected from any disciplinary action for making a claim against your employer for any injury you may have suffered at work.
Employers are legally required to have insurance in place to cover claims by their employees so that they are in a position to pay any compensation via their insurers.
How Do I Pursue A Claim?
If you think you may have a claim for an injury suffered from a falling object at work, contact us for a free initial discussion. One of our experienced accident at work claim solicitors will be able to advise as to whether you have a claim. Our claims are taken on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, so you are not at risk of losing money.
Contact Us Today
For more information about making an accident at work claim, you can call us on 01642 843 667; alternatively, complete our online contact form, and one of our accident at work solicitors will be in touch.
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