Do you need to make a scaffolder fall accident claim? If so, contact Accident Advice Helpline by phoning the free 24-hour helpline. Scaffolding is an essential feature of the construction industry; it is erected in order for builders to make repairs or carry out work at high levels. The job of a scaffolder is to erect and dismantle scaffolding and it involves working at height on a daily basis; consequently there is a real risk of falling and being injured. A personal injury claim of this type can be filed as a result of a relatively minor or a very serious accident and the injuries received as a result of falling from height can be potentially life-threatening. As a scaffolder you must have received adequate training and acquired the knowledge necessary to carry out your job safely. It is also the responsibility of your employer to ensure that all workers are supplied with the relevant safety equipment for the task in hand If you or someone you know has been the victim of a fall while scaffolding then reasons for the accident must be thoroughly investigated to ensure there is no recurrence of the issue. Scaffolding itself can be very dangerous if it is not erected properly. All the bolts and fittings must be in a good state of repair in order for the structure to be safe. It is a rare occurrence for an entire scaffolding structure to collapse; most falls are caused by poorly secured decking, high winds or loose safety rails.
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If you have any questions about making a claim for compensation Accident Advice Helpline operates a free 24-hour helpline. If you contact us, one of our friendly advisers will try to answer any questions you may have concerning the claims procedure. The helpline also offers free legal advice, which is intended to clarify your rights and determine whether you have sufficient grounds for making a personal injury claim. There are laws in place to protect the rights of scaffolders, one of which is the Work at Height Regulations 2005. These regulations state that anyone who is in control of a worker, such as a supervisor or site manager, must ensure the job is properly organised and well planned. The person in charge must also ensure that scaffolders are competent and well trained in their job before they are sent up the structure to work. The regulations also state that the risks involved in the job must be adequately assessed and that workers are supplied with the correct equipment, which must be examined and maintained. For further information on the personal injury claim process, Accident Advice Helpline website hosts a plethora of information and advice relating to various aspects of the compensation claim process. There are case studies and articles that detail the claim process and provide advice and information to anyone who thinks they may have a case for a claim. There is also a short 30-second form to be found on the site, which is designed to provide an approximate estimate of the value of compensation that might be achieved.
Date Published: July 14, 2014
Author: David Brown