Accidents Involving Scaffolding
Scaffolding is an important and sometimes essential part of the building and construction industry, it is a temporary structure to allow workers to reach heights they would not be able to reach normally. It is used widely for projects both big and small, whether it’s a single platform for working on a garage, or a construction several storeys up the side of a tall building in the city.
The building of scaffolding is often closely monitored by health and safety professionals to ensure it is put up safely and there is no risk of the scaffolding collapsing, but in rare instances scaffolding can be put up poorly and lead to accidents.
What are the Risks?
If scaffolding is not constructed properly then it can become extremely dangerous and create a significant risk of personal injury to workers.
One of the obvious risks is the danger of falling from scaffolding that can sometimes be at a great height. Falls from a height can lead to serious injuries such as lacerations, broken bones, such as fractures to legs, fractures to heels, fractures to arms and even fractures to hips and pelvis.
In some cases sadly the injuries can be fatal or cause severe head injuries or brain injuries.
Even a fall from a small height onto building materials and debris can lead to a serious injury. Falls happen when scaffolding is poorly made, barriers are not put up or when joints and boards are poorly maintained. This is your employer’s responsibility so you have a right to claim compensation if you are a victim in this case.
When can Scaffolding Injuries Occur?
Scaffolding injuries can also occur when your fellow workers are negligent. Equipment often needs to be carried up scaffolding and safely stored there, but if workers are not conscientious and aware of their surroundings, heavy objects like paint cans and tools can fall from scaffolding and injure people below. This can lead to very serious head injuries and sometimes even fatalities, so workers must be trained and take responsibility for their equipment.
Sometimes accidents at work can happen when scaffolding has been erected in such a way that the scaffolding bars have been placed too low and are not clearly marked and as a consequence a worker can walk into them and sustain a head injury even if they are wearing a hard hat.
Scaffolding workers are protected by extra legislation due to the dangerous nature of the job. One of the most important regulations to take note of is the Work at Height Regulations 2005. This law states that employers must properly and carefully plan and organise to ensure all workers are competent working at height and are provided with the right equipment and safety wear. They must also provide regular assessments and checks of the scaffolding.
There are also other regulations that protect scaffolding workers such as The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1988. This provides that workers must be supplied with equipment which is in a safe condition to use and suitable for the job in hand.
In addition, workers are protected by The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, which states that workers should be provided with suitable personal protective equipment.
How to make a Claim for a Scaffolding Accident at Work
If you or a family member have been injured in an accident involving scaffolding, you may be able to make a claim for compensation or personal injury.
At What’s My Claim Worth we have a team of expert solicitors who specialise in claims for compensation arising from scaffolding accidents. Please call on the number below or use our Claimometer to find out what you could deserve as compensation.