Mobile scaffolding towers are commonly used in the construction industry, and they can help prevent falls when working at height, if used correctly. It’s vital that the right type of tower is used for the job in question, and that those erecting and dismantling the tower are trained to do so.
Protecting your personal safety
Every year, many injuries occur from a fall from a scaffold tower or from one overturning. If a scaffold tower is erected dangerously then injury could occur. Defaults in the scaffold tower such as poor assembly or missing guardrails could also lead to accidents. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe when using mobile scaffold towers:
- Ensure the tower is erected on firm, level ground, and is never erected at a greater height than recommended by the manufacturer
- Stabilisers should be used if this is mentioned in the instruction manual
- Towers must be inspected after assembly and at regular intervals thereafter. If a scaffold tower is to be used for construction work and the platform is more than 2 metres high, HSE requires an inspection to take place every 7 days
- You should never use a scaffold tower in strong winds, if parts are broken or missing or to support ladders or other equipment
- Towers should be moved safely – the height should always be reduced to 4m or less, and you should check for obstructions overhead (such as power lines). Check that the ground is level and firm, and never move a tower that has people or materials on it.
Scaffold tower accidents
Even if you take steps to protect yourself, accidents can happen, and if you are injured in a scaffold tower accident, you could claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline are here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice, and it’s free to call our helpline – it’s open 24/7. Whether you’re looking for some advice relating to your accident or simply want to push ahead with your claim for compensation, we can help. We’re backed by our patron, Esther Rantzen, and we have many years of experience in the industry. What’s more, you don’t even need to worry about paying upfront for our services, as we offer a 100% ‘no win, no fee**’ service to all our customers. There really is nothing to lose, so give Accident Advice Helpline a call today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to see how we can assist you with your claim for compensation.
Date Published: December 22, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Building site accident claims