A construction company has been found guilty of breaching health and safety laws after an employee fell from the roof of a one storey building, suffering severe injuries.

The employee was asked to remove bags from the first floor of a building. He found that the bags were too bulky to fit down the staircase and so took them to the roof to throw over the edge to the floor below. As he was throwing one of the bags it became caught on the edge protection, causing the bag, edge protection and employee to fall. The employee landed on a scaffolding pole suffering internal injuries and broken ribs. The construction company was found to be in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in that it failed to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of its employee.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 sets out various duties that employers have to carry out to ensure their employees are kept reasonably safe when acting in the course of their employment. Those duties include the provision of equipment and methods of work which are, as far as reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health. Employers are also required to provide information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure the health and safety at work of employees.

At Jordans Solicitors we have an experienced team of personal injury lawyers who are here to help if you suffer an accident at work. Accidents at work can be caused by unsafe equipment, such as a failure to provide equipment capable of transporting heavy loads or providing equipment which is defective in some way. They can also be caused by unsafe practices which do not follow industry guidelines, such as when working at height or transporting goods or materials from one location to another. A common cause of accidents at work is a failure to provide adequate supervision and training, leaving employees to learn “on the job.”

If you have suffered injury in an accident at work, which you believe is not your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation from your employer. We here at Jordans can help.


If you would like advice about whether you are entitled to claim compensation from your employer please contact a member of our personal injury team on 01924 457 171 or visit our website and request a callback.

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