A temporary platform is by its very nature something that is not in place on a permanent basis. However this does not mean it should not be anything but safe and stable to use. As such it is important to ensure someone with experience designs and constructs the platform so it is suitable for use.
For example it should be able to withstand the weight of whoever stands on it, including their equipment and anything else they may have to use. It should also be stable so it does not stand any chance of toppling over.
While cases involving temporary platform falls are rare, they can potentially occur if the platforms have been set up with no real knowledge of whether they are safe or not. If they do not meet proper health and safety rules and stand up to scrutiny, the workers using them could end up having an accident that is potentially dangerous.
How might temporary platform falls occur?
Imagine a platform has been constructed to take the weight of a bricklayer building the upper walls of a new property. However the construction process has not taken into account the weight of the bricks the bricklayer must have with them while building the wall. As such the increased weight could potentially lead to the platform collapsing, causing the bricklayer to fall to the ground.
In cases such as these the Health and Safety Executive will normally look into the accident to determine what happened. As such they will consider whether there is evidence of negligence present that could potentially lead to a compensation claim being contested by the injured person.
Are falls of this nature serious?
Some people are lucky and get away with fairly minor injuries. However it depends on the circumstances, how the person falls and how far they fall. In some instances they may suffer more severe injuries that could take several weeks or even months to heal.
The worst-case scenario could lead to a fatality if the platform was high and the person suffered head injuries in the fall.
As you can see, there is every need to explore the possibility of a compensation claim if you have been injured during such a fall.
Accident Advice Helpline can offer no-obligation advice at this stage on 0800 689 0500 so make sure you get in touch now for more details.
Date Published: July 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen