Falls from heights are a major workplace hazard resulting in injuries and fatalities across a broad range of industries in Victoria with portable ladders being one of the least stable tools for work at heights.
In Victoria alone, three workers have been fatally injured in the past year and many other workers have sustained serious injuries as a result of falling from portable ladders.
Towards the end of September, Victorian WorkSafe Inspectors commenced a targeted blitz at domestic and commercial building sites checking on the use of portable ladders; checking to see if employers are not breaching relevant legislation, regulations and compliance codes. Inspectors are reminding employers that they must identify fall hazards, assess the risk of all hazards identified and eliminate the risk.
In a recent case, Adviceline Injury Lawyers successfully secured a substantial settlement for a client that sustained multiple injuries as a result of falling from a portable ladder whilst working at a retail store. Her injuries prevented her from working again.
We were able to sue for further compensation (a “common law claim”), despite her employer being in liquidation.
If you are concerned that your employer didn’t adhere to workplace standards; and as a result you suffered an injury, don’t hesitate to call us on (03) 9321 9988.
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