When workers fall from scaffolding, the injuries are usually either very serious, or even fatal. If you work in the construction industry in South Yorkshire, and you suffered a fall from scaffolding through no fault of your own, you are entitled to launch a South Yorkshire accident at work claim for compensation. Finding a good injury claim solicitor like us here at Accident Advice Helpline will benefit your cause.
Man plunges 18 metres to his death from scaffolding
It was recently reported that the owner of a scaffolding company in Kent had been jailed for 15 months following the demise of one of his workers who fell off scaffolding, and plunged 18 metres to his death. The accident happened on a construction site in North West London. Although the accident happened on 2 July 2012, the report only appeared on the HSE website on 4 September 2014.
Delay due to non-provision of essential health and safety documentation
One of the reasons that the case took so long to come to trial was the length of time it took the owner of the company to provide essential documents that had been requested by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive). Once available, these documents highlighted the fact that the owner of the business could and should have done more to prevent the accident taking place.
Scaffolding was not fitted with edge protection
During the hearing it was established that edge protection was missing from the scaffolding. It was also confirmed that the injury victim had not been provided with any other safety equipment such as a fall-arrest harness. The court concluded that the Work at Height Regulations 2005 had been breached. In addition to the jail sentence, the owner of the business was fined £12,000 and instructed to pay costs of £5601.
Raising a South Yorkshire accident at work claim via AAH
Fall from height accidents are still the most prevalent cause of fatalities in the construction industry, accounting for more than a third of all deaths. If you work on construction sites in South Yorkshire, and you fall from scaffolding because of the lack of edge protection, and the non-provision of a fall arrest harness, you can raise a South Yorkshire accident at work claim for compensation from your employer, using the services of a reputable personal injury claim solicitor like us here at AAH.
Finding out about the amount of compensation you could be due
If you want to get an idea of how much compensation you could be awarded before you launch your claim, you can do so by using the HOW MUCH compensation calculator that you’ll find on the AAH website. All it takes is 30 seconds of your time.
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Date Published: 20th October 2014