A scaffolder fatality is, unfortunately, not uncommon. Construction jobs are amongst the most dangerous jobs in the UK, recording 156 major injuries per 100,000 workers. Construction accounted for 39 fatalities in 2012/13. Self-employed workers are twice as likely as employees to be killed in an accident.
Dairy Crest Limited was fined £105,000 after a scaffolder fell eight metres to his death. The scaffolder was working at the dairy giant’s premises at Davidstow, erecting a scaffold to surround a chemical plant. The scaffolder was not made aware that the roof had fragile lights and there were no warning signs. A risk assessment had not been carried out and the scaffolder was not required to sign to gain access to the roof. The scaffolder fell through the fragile roof onto a concrete floor sustaining multiple injuries. He died in hospital seven days later. Dairy Crest was found to have breached the Health and Safety regulations and was fined accordingly.
Although the number of deaths in the construction industry has been falling, incidents such as scaffolder fatality still occur. When an individual dies they leave behind a devastated family and loved ones. In cases in which the fatal accident was the fault of a third party, the family of the deceased may be able to claim fatal injury compensation.
In the aftermath of a fatal accident, the family and loved ones of the deceased are obviously not thinking about claiming compensation. Aside from the terrible emotional loss that a fatal accident causes, it can also create financial hardship. A man who dies in a fatal accident, for example, may leave behind a wife who has been looking after their children. The wife will not have any means of supporting herself or the children after the accident.
Compensation claims for fatal accidents are important and at Accident Advice Helpline we have advisors and lawyers who will have dealt with similar claims. Having lawyers who have experience of dealing with these complicated and often high-value cases and that can act with compassion and empathy can make the process much easier.
Fatal compensation claims are the same as any other type of personal injury claim. To be successful, you will have to prove that the scaffolder fatality was the fault of a third party. At Accident Advice Helpline we will help you to compile that evidence and to present it to the third-party insurers.
Each personal injury claim is different and whilst some may be settled quickly within a few months, others can drag out for years. Many cases are settled without the need for a court case, but some will have to proceed to the courts.
Compensation will provide for funeral expenses and may also include an amount for pain and suffering. A bereavement award may also be paid to the deceased’s parents or spouse. Co-habitees who have been in a long-term relationship of over two years prior to the fatal accident will be treated the same as spouses. The same applies to those in a civil partnership. Anyone who is financially dependent on the deceased may also be able to claim compensation.
Date Published: July 21, 2014
Author: David Brown