A scaffolding accident can happen at any time, often on construction sites but sometimes on repairs jobs such a roof repairs. Anyone attempting any type of repair to a roof, or working at height on a building site should be adequately protected from a scaffolding accident.
Scaffolding is only ever meant to be temporary, to allow workers to get to heights they would not otherwise be able to access. Erecting it is a specialist job and not just anyone should try to do it.
The correct pieces need to be put together as a wrong bolt in the wrong place can contribute to the collapse of scaffold, this being just one of the many accidents that happen where scaffolding is used.
There are hazards involved not just for workers on the scaffold, but also for other people who might be walking past the scaffold, that is not an unusual way for a scaffolding accident to happen.
Those in charge should prevent a scaffolding accident
There are many rules and regulations regarding working at height, whether that is on scaffold or not. The workers have to be properly trained to undertake tasks that are above ground level and those in charge have to ensure that the scaffold is perfectly safe. It only takes a safety rail to become dislodged and a worker could fall to their death.
Something being dropped from height is another danger and exactly why construction workers have to wear protective clothing and hard hats. A small item dropped from height will gain momentum as it falls and can become a lethal weapon by the time it hits someone on the ground below.
Hard hats and other safety measures introduced over the last twenty years have reduced the incidence of serious injuries and deaths in the largest industry in the UK, construction.
What to do if they get it wrong
If whoever is in charge of the scaffold, whether it be on a huge construction site or the local roofer, should protect the health and safety of their workers. If they fail to do this and a worker is injured because of their negligence, a personal injury compensation claim could be made against them.
Making a personal injury compensation claim
Making a personal injury compensation claim is a legal process that you should use a law firm to handle for you. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we are of law firm established nearly 14 years ago specifically to helped victims injured in accidents that were not their fault.
We have specialised in this area of law ever since and have the knowledge and expertise to ensure that you claim has the best chance of success. We will look at every are of your accident and injuries, and how they have affected your life. This can be claimed for along with any expenses you have incurred because of the accident.
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: 10th April 2014
Author: David Brown