Working on scaffolding carries a comparatively high risk of being injured by workplace accidents.
Scaffolding-related accidents at work and injury risk
When thinking about scaffolding-related accidents, most people immediately think about people falling from great heights. There are, however, many other injury risks associated with scaffolding.
In addition to the possibility of workers falling off scaffolding, poorly erected scaffolding may collapse, or parts of it may fall to the ground, injuring workers or passers-by below. In a similar fashion, tools and potentially heavy equipment and loads (bricks, cement, paint cans and so on) may be dropped, again risking injury to individuals on the ground.
Other potential risks of injury at work
Scaffolding workers are also at risk of electrocution by accidentally touching overhead power lines. Inadequately maintained equipment, such as welding gear and the associated gas canisters, for example, may cause explosions and result in workers being catapulted off the scaffolding.
Injuries by scaffolding accidents can be serious, if not fatal. If you were injured in a scaffolding related work accident, without fault on your part, you may be able to claim for industrial injury compensation.
In order to qualify (as with most other personal injury compensation claims), the injury must have occurred within no more than 36 months of making the claim.
How to claim for compensation
First of all, it will be necessary to establish if you are entitled to make a claim or not. This can be easily done by filling in Accident Advice Helplines’ 30-second test, better known as the compensation calculator. Another option is to call this compensation provider’s friendly advisers and have a no-obligation, confidential chat with them. Questions you will be asked will include when, where and how the accident happened; whether you received medical attention (and where); the extent of your injuries, and who was responsible for the accident.
Accident Advice Helpline
A legal firm providing advice and assistance in injury compensation claims, Accident Advice Helpline is promoted by Esther Rantzen, the popular consumer champion and TV personality.
Once it has been decided that a claimant has a chance of successfully claiming for compensation, a solicitor, qualified and experienced enough to deal with the case, will be assigned to them.
Often conducted entirely via the telephone, cases are invariably dealt with on a no-win, no-fee agreement. How much compensation will eventually be awarded depends on individual case circumstances.
Date Published: November 28, 2013
Author: David Brown