Have you fallen off scaffolding?
Have you been injured because a scaffold was incorrectly erected?
Has part of a scaffold fallen on you?
Here at Recovery Assist, we know that it isn’t just workers on the scaffold itself who can be injured in scaffolding accidents.
Scaffolding is often erected around buildings undergoing renovation or repair and on busy streets and highways, putting members of the public at risk too.
Can I claim?
If you have suffered an injury on or around scaffolding, you may be entitled to make a scaffolding injury compensation claim. You can make a claim if you’re injured whilst working on or around the building or even as a passer-by. If you are a self-employed construction worker or contractor, you can also claim against the company you were working for at the time of the accident. This is also the case for construction site visitors.
What does the law say; will my claim be successful?
Properly-erected and maintained scaffolding allows work at height to be carried out safely. Employers, site-managers and those who are in control of the work are required by law to actively risk assess in order to avoid any accidents. They must also adopt safety measures to ensure that scaffolding and supporting structures are safe, correctly-erected and maintained. These responsibilities apply throughout the duration of the job.
In addition, if you’re an employee you must be told what the risks of the job are as well as be provided with suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) in order for you to be safe and complete the job effectively and efficiently.
Legislation to protect the employee, visitor or passer-by is comprehensive. So if the employer, site manager or person in control of the work or the site ignores their responsibilities and you have suffered an injury as a result, then you could be entitled to make a scaffolding accident personal injury claim which will lead to scaffolding injury compensation.
Why do accidents occur?
There are a number of reasons why scaffolding accidents occur. For example, you may be able to claim compensation if you can show that the scaffolding is defective, unsafe or if safety procedures are not followed, for example:
- Weak planks or supports
- Inadequate health and safety procedures
- Loads have fallen on you from scaffolding
- There was insecure or non-existent bracing
- Poor construction or maintenance
- No or Insufficient use of guardrails
- Lack of safety nets and/or inadequate fall stopping systems
What are the most common types of accident?
The most common types of accidents involving scaffolding include:
- Falls from scaffolding
- Falls through scaffolding boards
- Trips on scaffolding
- Accidents involving scaffolding collapse
- Injuries sustained whilst erecting or dismantling scaffolding
- Injuries caused by objects falling from scaffolds
What sort of injuries can be caused?
Unfortunately, falls from scaffolding are one of the most common causes of injury and death. Very severe head injuries, pelvic fractures and spinal injuries can be caused resulting in permanent disability and prolonged absence from work.
The risk of heavy materials being dropped, crushing injuries as a result of scaffolding collapsing and even electrocution put you at constant risk. Injuries vary tremendously from lacerations caused by unprotected sharp edges, to broken bones, head injuries and trauma, brain injuries and sadly sometimes death.
Our expert team of personal injury solicitors understand that construction sites are complex places and every claim is unique. So, we recommend you call us today on 0161 762 4949 for free advice. And remember, if we do act for you, we operate on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis.
You can also get in touch by email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our online claim form.
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