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The importance of safe scaffold design and erection
Working at height remains to be one of the riskiest occupations, and designing and directing scaffolding plays a key role. A good scaffold installation is not only essential for the health and safety of the construction workers who will be using it, but it’s also important from a passerby’s point of view as well. Anything dropped from scaffolding can cause serious injury to any pedestrians below. Even a small, seemingly innocuous item can gather speed on its way down, and can pose a serious threat.
Unsafe scaffold structure erected in Tavistock Street, London
A recent incident in Tavistock Street, London illustrates the point. A scaffolding company erected a five story scaffold construction that ran to a height of 10 metres above pavement level. During its construction basic safety procedures were ignored.
Scaffolding posed a threat to workers and pedestrians alike
The workers building the scaffolding used unsecure and precariously balanced scaffold boards in order to pass materials up to workmates working at higher levels. This was captured in series of photographs taken by members of the public.
One photograph showed a worker sitting near the top of the construction without any sort of fall arrest equipment, with his legs dangling casually over the edge of the platform he was sat on. There were also a number of unsecured items of hardware beside him (such as buckets and tools), which could easily have been knocked over and dropped, injuring innocent passers-by.
Scaffold workers untrained and unaccredited
The subsequent investigation that was carried out by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) established not only that the work was badly planned and executed, but that two of the three-man team building the scaffold tower, lacked training, and had no accreditation.
Court fines scaffolding company £5,000 plus costs
In spite of the fact that no one was injured, the court ruled that the scaffolding company had breached 2 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. They were fined the sum of £5,000 and instructed to pay a further £730 in costs.
Online help with launching an injury claim in South Oxfordshire
Injuries received in falls from scaffolding can be quite severe. In order to maximise your injury claim in South Oxfordshire in terms of the amount of compensation you could be awarded, you should entrust Accident Advice Helpline to assist you with your claim. Your claim will benefit from:
- Going through our ‘no win, no fee*’ system – recommended by Esther Rantzen
- Being pre-valued by our website based, 30 second HOW MUCH compensation calculator
- Use of our industry-leading customer support service
- Use of our free 24/7 helpline – 0800 689 0500 from landlines – 0333 500 0993 from mobiles
Date Published: 30th October 2014