When you work with scaffolding, you trust your boss or foreman to ensure that the scaffolding you’re using is erected properly and safe to use. What about if it’s not fit to carry the weight that’s needed and it buckles, collapsing and leaving you suffering after a fall from height? Poor scaffolding safety practices have the potential to cause injury to both construction workers and members of the public.
Of course, you can report your accident at work to the Health and Safety Executive, as they’ll usually investigate to see if safety breaches have occurred. But did you stop to think that you might also be eligible to claim personal injury compensation after your accident?
Whether you have suffered minor injuries or been seriously hurt, Accident Advice Helpline’s team of expert personal injury advisers can offer you confidential advice and answer any questions you have about the claims process.
The consequences of unsafe scaffolding
Poor scaffolding safety practices could lead to serious injury – here are a few examples of the types of accident which could occur:
- You could be injured after a fall from height when scaffolding collapses
- Scaffolding could buckle and fold if it’s not suitable for the weight carried – this could injure workers (crush injuries or a fall from height) as well as members of public below
- Scaffolding which hasn’t been erected properly could fall down in high winds or poor weather, causing serious injuries
- Objects could fall from scaffolding – such as roofing materials or workers tools – and strike people walking below the scaffolding, either workers or members of the public
You could suffer serious head injuries, spinal injuries, neck injuries and broken bones in a fall from height, whilst crush injuries could include things like a punctured lung, cracked ribs or even the loss of a limb. Many of these types of accident are so serious they result in permanent disability and can affect your quality of life.
Do you deserve to claim?
If you’ve been injured by unsafe scaffolding at work, somebody somewhere has been negligent, and as a result you deserve to claim personal injury compensation. Don’t be daunted at the prospect – most personal injury claims are fairly straightforward and can be processed over the phone, so it is unlikely you’ll have to go to court.
If you do, Accident Advice Helpline’s expert personal injury lawyers will be there for you, and because we provide a 100% no win, no fee* service, there are no upfront fees to worry about. Call our freephone 24/7 helpline now on 0800 689 0500 to find out more.
Date Published: July 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Health and safety at work