It’s a requirement of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 that any scaffolding erected should be done so under the guidance of a competent supervisor, and scaffolding must be designed, erected and dismantled by competent people. Even if alterations need to be made to scaffolding, a competent individual (somebody who has received the necessary training) must be on site.
Work at height should only be carried out where absolutely necessary – it’s the number one cause of workplace fatalities in the UK. Of course, sometimes it is necessary, for example if you’re repairing a roof or carrying out refurbishment work to a property, scaffolding may be needed.
Dangerous scaffolding work poses a risk not only to workers but also to members of the public walking underneath. If you’ve suffered injuries at work whilst using scaffolding, Accident Advice Helpline could get you the compensation you deserve – get advice from one of our expert personal injury advisors and find out more today.
The dangers of working at height
Scaffolding work could be considered dangerous if scaffolding is erected near overhead power lines, or if it has not been properly erected or designed. If scaffolding isn’t designed to hold the weight required or is unexpectedly loaded with two much weight, it could buckle and fold, sending workers falling to the ground and injuring pedestrians walking underneath.
Dangerous scaffolding work could see workers removing materials from a roof and failing to do so safely – objects falling from height pose a risk to members of the public. Or it could be that no safety equipment has been provided (such as guard rails or safety harnesses) to reduce the risk of a fall from height occurring.
In all these cases, the site manager or foreman is responsible for the safety of their workers, so if you’ve been injured, a personal injury claim could be on the cards. Worried you won’t be able to afford the legal fees? Our lawyers provide a 100% no win, no fee service, so that’s not a concern.
A service you can trust
Whether you’ve suffered broken bones after falling from height at work or have sustained head injuries after objects fell from scaffolding and struck you, you can trust Accident Advice Helpline when it comes to claiming personal injury compensation.
Since 2000, we’ve been helping members of the public and workers claim, and you can get confidential advice from our expert team, so call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500.