According to HSE guidance (http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/scaffoldinginfo.htm) and UK government legislation (Work at Heights Regulations 2005; http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2005/735/contents/made), scaffolding must be erected and worked on by properly trained personnel only in order to prevent scaffolding accidents. Some types of scaffolding must be specifically calculated and designed to ensure the public and workers’ health and safety.
Adequate measures to protect both workers, and objects from falling (subsequently protecting ground workers and the public against being injured by falling objects), must also be taken.
In addition, access to scaffolding and unfinished parts thereof must be secured adequately to prevent unauthorised access by untrained workers or members of the public. Equipment to be used while working on scaffolding must be suitable for the purpose and adequately maintained to prevent equipment-related scaffolding accidents.
Scaffolding accidents at work
Injuries at work involving scaffolding could often be prevented by compliance with these regulations. This includes provision of proper training for workers about to perform tasks on scaffolding, and necessary safety equipment, as well as ensuring equipment to be used is in perfect working order.
Failure to comply may ultimately lead to serious injuries to workers or unsuspecting members of the public. Such injuries can range from broken limbs and crushing injuries, to severe head or paralysing back injuries and even death.
If you are injured at work in scaffolding accidents, as a result of your employer’s failure to adhere to the relevant health and safety measures and procedures, your employer may be liable to pay industrial injury compensation to you.
In order to qualify for this type of compensation, the accident must have been someone else’s responsibility (as opposed to being the result of your own carelessness). Your injury must also have been incurred during a period of no more than three years before making the claim.
You can determine your eligibility to claim by calling Accident Advice Helplines’ free-phone number, or visiting their website and filling in the compensation calculator test (this should only take around 30 seconds). Conversations with Accident Advice Helpline advisers are completely confidential and free of obligation to proceed with a claim for compensation.
In a similar fashion, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in a personal injury claim against scaffolding and construction companies if you were, for instance, injured by objects, falling from height,s as a passer-by.
Claims are always dealt with on ‘no-win, no-fee’ conditional fee agreements, regardless of whether they are work related or involve public liability issues.
Date Published: November 28, 2013
Author: David Brown