Am I eligible to pursue a compensation claim for falling off a factory roof? I recently broke my leg after falling from the roof of the factory at which I work. I was sent up there by my employer to repair a leaking drainpipe. As I have no experience and am not trained to work at height I believe I am eligible to claim for compensation.
Your compensation claim for falling off a factory roof may depend on your ability to prove your employer was at fault for your accident. Falling from height can be a frightening and traumatic experience, and can often lead to serious injury or even death. Under UK law, an employer has a duty of care to their employees, meaning that they are obliged to take measures to protect their employees while at the workplace.
Certainly, you should not have been sent up onto the roof if you had no prior experience or training in working at height. While it is true that many manual labour workers perform jobs around their workplace that are not part of their job description — and in most cases are happy to do so — this should not involve them being placed in danger, or in a situation which could see them come to harm because of a lack of experience or training. Falling from height is one of the leading causes of workplace injuries in the UK, and the leading cause of fatalities.
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 an employer has a duty to protect their employees by ensuring that they have a safe place in which to work. If you feel that your employer was in violation of this act when you were sent up onto the roof, you may be eligible to pursue a factory roof fall compensation claim. Despite the fact that you do not normally work on roofs, the Work at Height Regulations 2005 may also be used to back up your claim. The regulations, which were amended in 2007, were drawn up to protect all workers, whether they are changing a bulb in an office or polishing the window of a skyscraper.
If you believe that you are eligible to claim compensation, you should speak with an experienced personal injury claims solicitor at the first possible opportunity. A personal injury claims solicitor will be able to tell you whether or not you are eligible to pursue a compensation claim for falling off a factory roof, and may be able to provide you with an estimate of how much compensation you may be awarded.