Scaffolding is commonly used in a wide variety of building tasks and on various building sites. It enables workers to safely climb up and work at higher levels without having to use ladders. Needless to say, there is still plenty that could potentially go wrong when scaffolding is used. To avoid this, only a competent and fully-trained person should be involved in planning and constructing suitable scaffolding for any job.
Using scaffolding safely is much easier to do when experts are involved. Not only should it be planned according to the requirements of the individual job, it should also be erected by skilled and experienced scaffolders. They will know which pieces to erect first, and how to construct the required scaffolding with no risk to anyone else or to themselves.
Understanding access when using scaffolding safely
Obviously, scaffolding should not be accessible by anyone other than those who are designated to use it. Thus, if it needs to be left in place when people are not working on it, ladders should be moved so as to restrict access. When workers arrive to use it, proper ladders and platforms should be provided to ensure they can use it safely at various levels (if more than one level is required).
Similarly, the dismantling of the scaffolding should also be done only by trained personnel. Scaffolding pieces must be taken down in a specific order, so as to ensure the remaining scaffolding is not in any condition to hurt anyone else or to collapse in the process of being taken down.
What can happen if scaffolding is not used in a safe manner?
Unstable scaffolding may potentially collapse. This could injure anyone working on the scaffolding at the time, or anyone who is walking or standing underneath or nearby. Crush injuries can occur in either case, as well as other serious injuries that can happen if a person falls from height.
Since injuries occurring as a result of faulty or incorrectly-used scaffolding can be serious and sometimes life-changing, it makes perfect sense to seek legal advice if you have been hurt in a similar manner. All you need to do is call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to discover more about your case. It may be taken up by one of our experienced compensation lawyers, so as you can see, it’s worth making that call.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead