How Accidents with Scaffolding Happen

Accidents with scaffolding are one of the most common causes of serious and fatal injuries on construction sites. Luckily, there are plenty of things workers and employers can do to prevent danger. But in order to prevent danger, we must first know where the dangers lie. This article explains how accidents with scaffolding happen.

The dangers of scaffolding

One of the primary dangers of scaffolding is, of course, with incorrect construction. Loose bolts and missing handrails can result in worker falls and in the collapse of the scaffold itself. Workers should be fully trained in the construction of scaffold so they know exactly where handrails are necessary, and how to inspect bolts to ensure that they are in good condition before building begins. When constructed properly, scaffolding should be relatively solid and handrails shouldn’t move. If necessary, workers should be able to grip onto handrails to steady themselves without compromising the balance of the structure.

Scaffolding also presents the serious danger of objects falling from a height and injuring others on the site. Workers should be trained in correct lifting methods and items should never be carelessly thrown from the side of scaffolding onto a rubbish heap, for example. Chutes should be provided to remove rubbish from the top of the scaffold safely.

Scaffolds also present the less obvious danger of slippage. Because they are often made from wood, which can become very slippy in rainy conditions, scaffolds should be covered if necessary, and supervisors should continually monitor conditions. Any ramps used should have as shallow a gradient as possible.

What to do if you have been injured in a scaffolding accident

If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. To discuss your situation in more detail and find out whether or not your claim is likely to be successful, call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline.

Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in personal injury compensation with the personal endorsement of consumer champion Esther Rantzen. We work on a no win, no fee* basis, with the minimum of hassle to the claimant themselves. We never advise clients to go ahead with a claim unless we believe it will be successful, and most claims are conducted entirely over the telephone with no need for the claimant themselves to personally attend court.

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