If you have ever injured your back, you’ll know how debilitating it can be. Because your back is linked to your shoulders, arms, core and legs, you can experience pain in all these areas as well as in your back. A back injury could make it hard to move around, whilst sitting still for too long could also be painful.
Back injuries are a common problem for those working in the construction injury, and whilst scaffolder back injuries are usually caused by heavy lifting, they could also be caused by a fall from height, or from being struck by objects falling off scaffolding. If you’re a scaffolder who has sustained back injuries whilst on the job, Accident Advice Helpline’s team of expert personal injury advisors can help you get the compensation you deserve, and it’s free to call us.
How severe is your pain?
Scaffolder back injuries could range from a minor injury, such as a pulled tendon or muscle, to severe injuries which leave you unable to walk. A fall from height could lead to a broken back or spinal injuries that could be permanently disabling. Many back injuries take a long time to heal whilst some will go on to cause chronic pain in the future that requires physiotherapy or other treatment. Scaffolder back injuries caused by lifting heavy equipment could cause ongoing pain and you may find you’re unable to return to work for some time – you may even need to find a new, less physical job.
A dangerous job
Here are a few examples of the types of accident which could lead to a back injury when working on scaffolding:
- Slip or trip on the scaffolding
- Being struck by objects/tools falling from height
- Falling off the scaffolding and landing on your back
- Fall from height onto scaffolding below
- Lifting heavy boxes or equipment without using proper manual handling techniques
If you know that your accident could have been avoided, for example if your boss didn’t provide any safety equipment such as harnesses for work at height, we could help you claim personal injury compensation. There’s a three-year time limit to make a claim, so make sure you act sooner, rather than later. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 today for no-obligation advice from a member of our expert team, or take the 30-second test on our website right now, to see how much you could claim.
Date Published: July 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen