Scaffolding is very useful on building and construction sites. It is also used when roofing work needs to be done, or any other work where people need to get up to a certain level to be able to reach the area concerned. Anyone who erects or takes down scaffolding should be trained in how to do so, so there is no danger posed to them or to anyone else.
There have been instances where accidents have occurred as a result of negligence in putting up or taking down scaffolding. It is incredibly important that it is done correctly, otherwise someone could suffer a fall from height. This could mean they suffer extensive injuries, such as back injuries or head injuries for example.
In some instances it is discovered that poor-quality equipment has been used to construct the scaffolding in the first place. For example, while the construction process may have been correct, one or two bolts were in poor condition and were not able to hold up the scaffolding. Thus when someone climbed onto it to use it, they fell because it was unstable.
You don’t always have to be working on the scaffolding to be injured either. There is the potential of injury in situations where people are walking past when something happens above. If the scaffolding is unsteady it could all fall over on top of workers below. In another example a safety rail on the scaffolding may come loose if it was not properly attached. In this case it could hit someone on the head as they are walking by.
Could you make a scaffolding injury compensation claim?
This is worth asking if you have been involved in a situation where you were injured as a result of something going wrong involving scaffolding. Even if you were not working on a building site, but instead you were walking past as work was being done, you might still have a chance to claim scaffolding injury compensation if you were hurt as a result of something going wrong.
Accident Advice Helpline might be able to connect you with one of our experienced lawyers who has dealt with scaffolding-related claims before. By calling us free on 0800 689 0500 you have an opportunity to see whether this is the case. Just make that call today and tell us about the injuries you have suffered.
Date Published: September 17, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead