The combination of strong winds and scaffolding is a potentially lethal fusion that can lead to a multitude of work-related accidents.
To begin with, wind can create a sucking force that serves to pull scaffolding away from the building it is anchored to. This suction force may also come into play when the wind is blowing parallel to the scaffolding. Either way, this force could result in the scaffolding collapsing, tipping or becoming generally unsafe to work on. Work injuries sustained by falling off scaffolding affected in this fashion can be severe, if not fatal.
The force of the wind may also create an uplift force that could potentially cause planks, especially poorly secured ones, to blow off. Work accidents involving workers being hit by flying planks could result in major injuries likely to put them out of action for prolonged periods. Then, of course, there is also the risk of passers-by being hit by falling objects.
The ‘sail’ effect
Enclosed scaffolding has a tendency to act like a sail. Unless adequately secured, whole sections could be ripped off by sufficient wind, potentially causing accidents at work involving workers falling from height; being hit and possibly crushed by large parts of scaffolding, or even suffering injuries by electrocution if, for instance, the scaffolding hits overhead power lines.
In order to prevent construction site accidents of this type, scaffolding must be designed and secured appropriately to cater for the possible forces working upon it during periods of strong wind. Should an employer’s failure to take wind-related forces into consideration when designing and erecting scaffolding lead to injuries at work, the affected worker could be entitled to work injury compensation.
Claims for industrial injury compensation can be set into motion by contacting the advice line of Accident Advice Helpline. Helpful, friendly and knowledgeable, the adviser answering your call will commence by asking a few questions concerning your work-related accident and the injury you sustained. This is done to establish your claim eligibility and chances of success.
What happens next?
You will then be offered the services of one of our law firm’s experienced injury solicitors. These are not affiliated solicitors, but members of our in-house legal team. Offering our services under conditional no-win no-fee* agreements, the solicitor appointed to your case will have years of experience in dealing with cases similar to yours.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice