If you are an employee or self-employed person and are using any item of working at height equipment in the workplace, such as a scaffold tower, the Work at Height Regulations apply. It is important to follow the regulations in order to prevent a fall from height. A fall from height can result in a serious, even fatal, injury. In this article, we’ll be having a look at the safe operation of tower scaffolds when working at height.
How to use tower scaffolds safely
- Never work on a platform without guardrails – Guardrails are an essential part of a scaffold tower and having no guardrails can increase the chances of a slip, trip or fall from a scaffolding tower.
- Never stand on an unprotected platform when building or dismantling a tower – This could also increase the chances of suffering a slip or trip.
- ALWAYS follow the manufacturer’s or supplier’s instruction manual.
- Ensure that these manuals are available to the operatives erecting and using the tower, and to the person supervising the work.
- No manual should mean no tower – In the absence of official instructions, the best course of action is to refrain from using the scaffold tower in question, even if demanded to do so by your employer.
- Correct footwear – When using a scaffold tower it’s important that you always wear the correct footwear with adequate grip in order to reduce the chances of slipping or tripping.
Claiming compensation for a slip, trip or fall at work
If you’ve suffered a slip or trip when working at height within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline for more information on how you could make a 100% no-win-no-fee* slip or trip claim.
The majority of claims are settled outside court, meaning many of our clients will not have to go through the traumatic and daunting experience of testifying against a current or former employer in court. We have years of experience in all areas of personal injury compensation including accidents at work and our expert legal team works in conjunction with our highly trained advisors in order to make the claim process as transparent and straightforward as possible. Get in touch now on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice