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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    How to safely use trestles and staging

    Trestles and staging are often used for working at height when the use of a step ladder would not be practical, for example for painting and decorating work or in the construction industry. Whilst these platforms come in varying heights, anyone using them will normally be quite some distance from the ground and safety measures such as guardrails should always be used.

    Using trestles and staging safely

    The Work at Height Regulations 2005 ensures that employers have a responsibility to keep their staff and contractors safe when working at height and there are rules which apply to the safe use of trestles and staging, as well as other work platforms. The platform should be:

    • Fitted with guardrails and toeboards – if these are not fitted then your employer must show they have carried out a risk assessment to prove they are not required
    • Kept clean and tidy
    • Of sufficient size for safe use
    • Free from gaps that a person or material could fall through and also free from trip hazards
    • Loaded properly
    • Erected on firm ground for stability

    In addition to the above, PPE should be worn for protection whilst working at height, such as a hard hat, and this should be provided free of charge to all employees using the trestles and staging. Safety training in the use of the equipment should also be provided, and work at height should not take place in extreme weather conditions or during high winds. Equipment should be regularly checked and well-maintained, and any defects should be reported to management as soon as they are spotted.

    Accidents involving trestles and staging

    Accidents at work do happen, and many of these accidents involve a fall from height. You could suffer cuts and bruises, broken bones or minor concussion, even a more serious head injury. Working at height is the most common cause of fatalities in the workplace in the UK, so it is important to ensure you are properly protected and trained in safety procedures if your job requires you to work at height.

    Claiming for compensation

    If you have been injured whilst working with trestles and staging, you could be eligible to claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline have experience in the personal injury compensation industry and we can offer confidential, no-obligation advice on your workplace accident claim today. Call us to see whether you could make a claim.

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    Date Published: March 3, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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