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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Scaffolding firm risks lives


    A scaffolding firm has been prosecuted after a shocked passer-by photographed two of its employees balancing on a single pole with no harnesses or guardrails to prevent a potentially deadly fall.

    A plunge from nine metres above the ground where the men were balancing could have killed either of them, according to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Amanda Huff.

    The incident happened at a three-storey office block in Horley, Surrey, where 44-year-old Jason Hewett, owner of Crest Scaffolding Services, was found to have risked his own life and that of two of his workers by having no safety measures in place.

    Open-and-shut case

    The HSE decided to prosecute the firm after receiving the photo along with others showing scaffolders working on the building with no handrails or fall protection.

    Jason Hewett, of Benhams Drive, Horley, Surrey, admitted to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. He was fined £265 and made to pay £511 in costs.

    After the hearing Ms Huff pointed out that scaffolders should work from a fully boarded scaffold and guardrail or wear a clipped-on harness to keep them safe.

    If this is not the case then companies leave themselves open to prosecution and claims for compensation, as well as the risk of injury after a slip, trip or fall.

    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, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation.

    At Accident Advice Helpline (AAH), we have experience in helping people to claim for falls and other injuries involving scaffolding.

    To find out more about how you claim and how we can help you in this situation, have a look at our scaffolding claims information page.

    If you feel that you may be entitled to compensation, then discuss your situation in more detail and find out whether or not your claim is likely to be successful by calling our expert advisers.

    We work on a no win, no fee* basis, making the process as smooth as possible all our claimants.

    Source: Health and Safety Executive 

    Date Published: November 8, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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