If your business is involved with work at height, then you will already know there are a number of risks associated with this type of work. Accidents as a result of falling from height are some of the most common causes of serious injuries in the workplace, as well as the number one cause of fatal accidents while working.
If you have an employee that has fallen from height, you will obviously be concerned for their wellbeing. However, there are financial implications to concern yourself with, too. How much money can you lose if your employee falls from height? Let’s take a look at some things you might want to consider.
Understand Why The Accident Occurred
The last thing you want is another employee falling from height as a result of a similar accident, so make sure that you know exactly what caused the accident in the first place. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 is the law associated with falls from height in the workplace, so make sure that you are up to code and compliant in this respect, otherwise, you could end up facing heavy fines or even a custodial sentence.
Loss Of An Employee
Depending on how severely injured your employee is, they will most likely be unable to work for a number of weeks. This can impact any ongoing projects that you have, ultimately costing you money in the process. If you can, try to find a temporary replacement to fill in for your injured employee so that work can continue uninterrupted.
In the event of a workplace accident such as a fall from height, employees are entitled to claim compensation through litigation if they feel that their employer failed to meet their legal obligations of health and safety. There is an entire sector of solicitors dedicated to fighting these claims in court, which can mean if you are found responsible for the accident as an employer, you might have to pay incredibly high fees for loss of earnings, physical and emotional trauma, and much more.
To prevent these types of claims, it is important to keep your staff as safe as possible when working at height. At Ability International we design, manufacture and supply custom work at height solutions that will keep you and your team protected.
If you are interested in our work at height services, please contact a member of our team today.
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