In spite of fairly strict UK legislation, and plenty of available HSE guidance concerning scaffolding/ working at heights, (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2005/735/contents/made and http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/scaffoldinginfo.htm), many construction/ scaffolding companies erect/ work on scaffolding using inadequately trained personnel. As a result, workers and members of the public are at an increased risk of injuries at work, or injuries by falling objects.
Preventing accidents at work
The above mentioned legislation/ guidance clearly states that in order to prevent workplace accidents relating to scaffolding, all personnel involved in the erection, use and dismantling of scaffolding must be trained adequately.
Untrained or only partially trained personnel must be either prevented from accessing scaffolding, or at least be under constant supervision by trained individuals. In a similar manner, members of the public must be protected against falling and injury, by falling loads/ equipment, by preventing access to scaffolding by unauthorised/ untrained personnel.
Scaffolding accidents and industrial injury compensation
If you were injured in a work related accident, as the result of being allowed or expected to work on scaffolding without receiving adequate training within no more than 36 months previous to the claim, you may qualify for construction injury compensation. Being injured as a passer-by because untrained workers failed to meet health and safety requirements may also give you the right to claim personal injury compensation.
How to initiate work injury compensation claims
To initiate a claim for compensation, you should in the first instance call Accident Advice Helpline. Available 24/ 7 via a free-phone number, the advisers employed by this law firm are experienced in compensation claims, friendly and helpful. A confidential, no-obligation chat with one of them will quickly determine whether or not you are entitled to make a claim.
Things you will be asked
In addition to being asked where, how and when the accident leading to your injury happened, you will also have to provide information on the extent of your injuries and if, where, and when you received medical attention for them.
You will also need to show that the accident was not your responsibility. If there were witnesses to the incident, you will have to provide their names, contact details and relevant statements.
Following your initial ‘interview’, a legal professional will continue to provide necessary guidance and assistance until your claim has been successfully completed. Working on a conditional fee agreement basis, this legal professional may be able to conduct the case entirely by phone and you may not even have to attend court.
Date Published: November 28, 2013
Author: David Brown