When constructed properly, scaffolding itself shouldn’t present a danger either to the workers who have to use it or the members of the public who have to walk past it. Unfortunately, even when it is constructed properly, however, scaffolding still presents the dangers of both falling objects and falling off its edge. Although entire scaffolds rarely collapse due to the tight safety regulations surrounding their use, many accidents happen each year through falling objects or sections of the scaffolding coming loose.
How to prevent scaffolding accidents
In order for scaffolding to be entirely safe, construction workers must be well trained both in how to construct scaffolding and how to use it. All pieces of the scaffold, including its bolts, should be thoroughly inspected before use. Even one worn bolt could result in the loosening of the scaffold. All workers must wear protective clothing when using the scaffolding at all times, and must be aware of the presence of other workers so as not to carelessly drop items from the scaffold which could endanger others.
What to do if you have been injured in a scaffolding accident
If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident through no fault of your own, either while working or while simply walking past a scaffold, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Personal injury compensation is a legal provision which exists to compensate the victims of others’ negligence both in terms of their suffering and any financial losses incurred as a result of the accident.
If you’d like to know more about personal injury compensation and find out whether you might be eligible, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline. We are a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation and we have been helping others like you receive the compensation they are legally entitled to for over 14 years now, and work on a no win, no fee* basis. We are proud to have the endorsement of consumer champion and TV personality Esther Rantzen, who firmly believes, as we do, that no one should ever have to suffer as a result of someone else’s carelessness.
If you decide to go ahead with a claim, our advisers can help you to do this over the telephone on 0800 689 0500. Claimants will only have to personally attend court in rare cases. For a very quick guide to your possible eligibility, consult our 30-second test online.