A temporary platform is a structure that is built to be used for a short period of time rather than being in place permanently. As such it is used often on building sites or in other locations where building of some kind will take place. For example a bricklayer may use a temporary platform in order to reach a higher level of wall they are building.
Temporary platforms should be tested and designed to be perfectly safe to use. In some isolated cases a temporary platform collapse has occurred because the proper procedures have not been followed at any time. This can lead to an outcome that is potentially serious for anyone who is hurt in the fall.
What might result from a temporary platform collapse?
If there are one or more people working on the platform at the time it collapses, they will fall to the ground. This fall may incur a drop of several metres, depending on how high the platform was initially. There may also be potential danger for anyone walking by the platform at the time.
As you can see, a collapse of this nature can be very serious indeed. One man suffered fractured vertebrae in an accident of this nature a few years ago, and still suffers pain today. In some cases there could be the potential for even more serious injuries to occur, or even a fatality.
Protecting against accidents in the workplace
Regardless of where the workplace is, there is a chance that someone may be injured if the health and safety laws in operation are not followed to the letter. If this were to happen there could be profound repercussions for the injured person. For example they may suffer from injuries that are life-changing.
They may no longer be able to work as a result. Even if their injuries can be recovered from they may not be exactly the way they were before. Recovering from the shock of a situation like this can be equally difficult.
Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in determining whether someone else was to blame for your accident. All you need to do is call us on 0800 689 0500 to determine whether you do have a chance to make a no win, no fee claim. Our claims process is simple – if you don’t win you don’t have anything to pay. Call now.
Date Published: July 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen