Scaffolding accidents: Duty of care

A construction worker on a scaffolding site.
A construction worker, working on scaffolding on a building site.

Construction and scaffolding companies have a legal duty of care towards both their employees and members of the public. Breeches of this duty of care, resulting in work accidents or injuries to members of the public, could leave responsible companies liable to pay industrial injury compensation or, in cases involving individuals not employed by the company, public liability compensation claims.

Employers’ duties of care to prevent accidents at work

Like all employers, construction and scaffolding companies have a duty of care towards their employees. This means they are legally required to prevent workplace accidents by providing the necessary training, safety equipment, and equipment maintenance to ensure workers can perform their duties safely and without risk of injury.

Duty of care and public liability

Scaffolding and construction companies have a duty of care towards the public too. In this case, they are required to prevent accidental injury to members of the public by adhering to necessary health and safety regulations. This includes adequate training for workers and other measures as detailed above, as well as preventing unauthorised access to scaffolding and construction sites.

Construction accident compensation

Should a breech of this care of duty result in a work accident injuring you, you are entitled to claim work injury compensation, if the injury was incurred through no fault of your own and no longer than three years ago.

Public liability compensation

If you were injured by a scaffolding accident as a member of the public, and there was a breech of duty of care by the responsible company, again within the past three years and through no fault of your own, you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation.

Accident Advice Helpline

In either case, Accident Advice Helpline will be able to provide necessary clarification of eligibility to claim, as well as guidance and assistance with the relevant claim procedures. To find out whether you qualify for,or to initiate a claim, call one of the company’s helpful, experienced advisors for a no-obligation, confidential discussion of your situation. Advisors are available 24 hours, every day of the week via a Freephone number. You can also confirm your eligibility to claim by using the compensation calculator provided on Accident Advice Helpline website. Assistance in conducting your case is provided on a no win no fee* basis by highly experienced legal professionals. specifically selected to suit your claim’s circumstances.

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