Every year in the UK, the construction or building industry gives rise to deaths, serious injuries and personal injury claims. Construction is an industry that is found in every city, town and village in the UK and so citizens in all parts of the country can be affected. The construction industry has become very aware of this and has made huge improvements to health and safety procedures over the last few decades.
As improvements have been introduced the industry has evolved and new technologies have been introduced which bring with them new health and safety hazards. It is no wonder then that several construction workers have found themselves having to look for an occupational injury lawyer who works for ‘no win, no fee’ in Pudsey.
An occupational lawyer working for ‘no win, no fee’ in Pudsey will need to be familiar with all types of construction industry equipment – the mobile elevating work platform is a typical example of this. As its name suggests this is a work platform that can be raised to a height to allow work to take place on the upper floors of a building. It was designed with the aim of cutting down on falls from a height and reducing claims for compensation.
Occupational lawyers working for ‘no win, no fee’ in Pudsey – accidents caused by mobile elevating work platforms
Accident Advice Helpline is a leading law firm who regularly handle queries from construction workers who have been injured in accidents that were not their own fault. A small proportion of these now involve mobile elevating work platforms. Sadly, some construction workers have been seriously injured when they have been crushed in between the platform and a fixture or another obstacle.
Occupational lawyers working for ‘no win, no fee’ in Pudsey – causes of mobile elevating work platform accidents
Accidents are caused by a number of factors operating in isolation or together. Here are some examples:
- If the path of the platform hits an obstruction (such as an overhanging ledge) as it is travelling upwards the worker on the platform may be crushed. They do not have the option of getting out of the way as they are very high off the ground. Workers have been seriously injured or even killed in this type of accident.
- Leaning over the platform guard rails – this puts the operator in a vulnerable position because they are not looking out for overhead obstructions and collisions could occur.
- Getting trapped against the controls – in some accidents the operator has become crushed against the controls and they are not able to control the movement of the platform. As a result the platform is essentially out of control and the injuries can be even more serious.
- Inadequate lighting – poor lighting conditions make it very difficult for the operator to spot any obstructions that are above the platform and this makes them more likely to collide with them.
- Pedestrians and other vehicles around the base of the platform can distract the operator so they do not look out for obstacles.
Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim for compensation.
Date Published: 7th March 2014
Author: David Brown