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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Common causes of scaffolding accidents


    If you work in the construction industry, sooner or later you will find yourself working on scaffolding, at height. Whilst scaffolding doesn’t have to be dangerous, there is the potential for accidents to occur at any time, and so it pays to be aware of your own safety. Employers have a responsibility to ensure that their staff (this includes contractors) are safe whilst working on scaffolding, and if you’re injured at work, they could be held responsible and ordered to pay you personal injury compensation. Because some of the most common causes of scaffolding accidents can be avoided, it pays to know exactly what they are.

    How did your scaffolding accident occur?

    Common causes of scaffolding accidents can include:

    • Scaffolding which has not been properly erected or maintained could collapse, causing serious falls from height and crush injuries
    • Falls from height when working on scaffolding – this could be caused by a lack of safety equipment, tripping over hazards or missing boards
    • Lack of guardrails to prevent falls
    • Being told to work on scaffolding in extremely windy, icy or wet conditions, which could increase the risk of slips, trips and falls occurring
    • Objects falling from height and hitting you when you are at ground level or the mid-level of the scaffolding

    You could suffer minor injuries such as cuts and bruises, or be more seriously injured, suffering crush injuries, head injuries and broken bones in a scaffolding accident. Ultimately, it’s your employer who is responsible for your safety at work, and if they have asked you to work in dangerous conditions or have not ensured that scaffolding has been erected safely, then you could make a claim for personal injury compensation.

    Why you should make a claim

    Employers responsible for scaffolding accidents shouldn’t be allowed to get away with their negligent behaviour towards health and safety. So whether your accident was due to some of the most common causes of scaffolding accidents or something else entirely, you should consider making a claim for compensation if you’ve been injured.

    Give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 and find out right now if you have a viable claim. It’s free to call us and you’ll benefit from confidential, no-obligation advice from our team of advisors. We specialise in personal injury law, and we’ve been established since 2000, so you know you can trust us with your claim, however you have been injured.

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    Date Published: May 12, 2016

    Author: Paula Beaton

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