Have you ever crossed the road to avoid walking underneath scaffolding? It turns out that may not be such a bad idea. Whilst most scaffolding is erected safely, there is always the chance that a negligent scaffolder could cause injury to pedestrians walking below. Scaffolding can be erected anywhere that building work is going on – this may not necessarily be a closed building site. It could be used at your place of work, your home or on buildings you pass on your morning commute. Scaffolders are trained professionals, but if they are negligent when carrying out their job, this could have serious consequences for members of the public (and those they work with). Here are a few examples of the types of accidents which could happen due to negligent scaffolders:
- Unsecured objects such as tools falling from height and striking pedestrians below
- Unsafe scaffolding erected improperly causing a hazard to people below and other workers using the scaffolding
- Parts of scaffolding falling and striking people
- Other workers falling from height
If you have been affected by any of these, or any other situations involving negligence relating to scaffolding work, you may wish to report this to the company in charge of the scaffolding, as well as to the Health and Safety Executive, who may take action.
How to claim compensation for injuries caused by scaffolding
Whether you have been injured at work or struck by objects falling from scaffolding, you could be eligible to claim compensation if there is evidence that negligence occurred. Sometimes, accidents happen and they are nobody’s fault, but at other times, somebody is most definitely to blame. Choose a personal injury lawyer with experience in the industry and they can assess whether negligence occurred. They will also work out how much compensation you could be eligible to claim, taking into account factors such as the severity of your injuries (pain and suffering caused), medical expenses incurred and any time taken off work (loss of earnings).
Accident Advice Helpline is here to help
Choose Accident Advice Helpline to ensure your personal injury claim runs as smoothly as possible. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers has over 14 years’ experience handling claims relating to all types of personal injuries, so no matter how minor or severe your injuries, we can help you. Take the 30-second test on our website today and you could find out how much compensation you’re eligible to claim, or call our freephone helpline – we’re open 24/7 and our team offer confidential, no-obligation advice to all customers. So whether you’re ready to make a claim or simply looking for some advice on your individual situation, call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: July 23, 2014
Author: David Brown