Working as a glazier can be a physically demanding job. Glaziers install windows, skylights and other glass items in commercial and domestic premises, and you will often find yourself working at height.
Glaziers injured at work may find they are able to claim personal injury compensation either from their employer or a third party who is responsible for their accident (for example a scaffolding company).
If you have been injured whilst working as a glazier, there’s a three-year time limit in place to make a claim. It’s a good idea to get in touch with us straight after your accident – and there’s no need to worry about upfront legal fees as Accident Advice Helpline’s lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis.
Common glazier accident claims
As a glazier you may be working with double or even triple glazed glass, which can weigh several tonnes. Should you drop one of these panes you could suffer serious injury – there have even been fatalities in the past. There is also the risk of falling from a defective ladder or being injured when poorly installed scaffolding collapses.
Working with glass can be dangerous as you risk severe lacerations should the glass become broken either due to being dropped or even being defective. Inadequate training can also lead to an increased risk of accidents, so if you are a newly-qualified glazier, you should ensure you have had adequate training to carry out your job safely.
No matter how you’ve been injured, if you can prove somebody else is at fault – such as your employer or the firm who installed the scaffolding which collapsed – you can make a claim for personal injury compensation. Your employer will have liability insurance in place to pay out for claims made by members of staff, so there is no need to feel guilty about making a claim; after all, you are the one who has been injured.
In the event your claim is successful, the person responsible for causing the accident will pay. So if you fall from a defective ladder, your employer would pay as it’s their duty to ensure the equipment they provide is safe to use. If scaffolding collapses and you are injured as a result, the scaffolding company’s insurer will pay your personal injury compensation. You can find out right now how much compensation you could be entitled to claim by heading for Accident Advice Helpline’s website and taking the 30-second test or calling us on 0800 689 0500 – it’s free to call and get confidential, no-obligation advice from our expert personal injury advisors.
Date Published: September 1, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton