Scaffolders are tasked with erecting platforms which ensure that other construction workers can safely reach the areas they need to work. It is an extremely dangerous career despite the stringent health and safety measures in place in order to prevent accidents at work. In this article, we take a closer look at the dangers of working as a scaffolder and how to prevent accidents.
What are the dangers of scaffolding?
Scaffolders are most at risk from slips, trips & falls. Slips and trips are often deemed to be initiator accidents. This means that a slip or trip can result in a second accident and in the case of scaffolding, scaffolders are particularly exposed to the dangers of falling from height. Falling from heights such as those at which scaffolders work can lead to serious injuries and in some cases can even be fatal. Scaffolders are also at risk of being struck by falling debris.
Safety tips for scaffolders
- Wear adequate safety clothing/equipment – Wearing appropriate footwear with adequate grip can significantly reduce the chances of suffering a slip or trip. A hard hat will help protect a scaffolder from head injury in the event of being struck by falling debris.
- Perform a visual inspection – Performing a visual inspection of the scaffolding can help to identify and eliminate any hazards such as incorrectly assembled scaffolding collapsing. Report any problems you see to a manager on site.
- Keep your workspace organised – Organising your workspace can help to reduce instances of slipping or tripping over a misplaced tool. This will also help to protect others on site who may be at risk of being struck by a falling tool.
Getting compensation for a work-related injury
Are you a scaffolder that has been injured at work? Was someone else to blame? If so, you could be entitled to make a claim for work accident compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm made up of an expert team of lawyers with over 15 years’ experience in personal injury claims. Endeavouring to make the claims process as stress- and hassle-free as possible, we work on a 100% no-win-no-fee basis.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 if you have any questions or wish to discuss a potential claim. Lines are open 24/7 and staffed by friendly, professionally-trained advisors.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown