In the UK, health and safety regulations are in place to ensure construction yards are safe places for you to work. When these rules are ignored, however, workplace injuries can happen, and these accidents can be particularly nasty if you’re paid to work at height. Some of the most common personal injury claims we handle are cases of people falling from scaffolding which wasn’t installed or used correctly. And it’s not just those who work directly on the scaffolds who are at risk. We also sometimes hear from members of the public who have been struck by falling objects from scaffolding.
If you have suffered from a scaffolding accident which wasn’t your fault, get in touch with our no win no fee personal injury lawyers today on 01204 521133, request a call-back, or give us a message on live chat. We’ll tell you whether you have a case and help you get started.
When Can I Claim For Scaffolding Accident Compensation?
You can claim for scaffolding compensation when you have been caused personal harm due to the equipment not being installed, maintained, or used properly – whether you are the one working on the scaffold or a passer by!
Did you know? Many of the 4,500 injuries and 50 deaths which happen each year in construction can be attributed to scaffolding accidents – costing employers up to £90 million in lost productivity each year.
So, what are the most common ways in which health and safety rules are ignored, causing harm? Our industrial accident lawyers have built a wealth of experience in handling different common cases. Guardrails may not be properly utilised, whilst fall stopping equipment and nets have in some cases been entirely absent, causing unnecessary risk of scaffolding injury to workers. Many other accidents occur as a result of supports and rails giving way and through employees being struck by falling objects.
Sometimes, workers don’t receive the training they’re supposed to, to help them perform their role safely. Those hired to put scaffolding trained to recognise signs of wear so that parts can be replaced before a scaffold is built and that both they and their Inspectors should be educated to spot potential problems prior to an accident occurring, so that necessary repairs or alterations may take place. Scaffolding inspectors should also be well trained and vetted, whilst only trained personnel should be allowed to erect and dismantle scaffolding structures. In these cases, scaffolding accident claims may often be made.
What Scaffolding Legislation Should Be Adhered To?
To ensure the long-term safety of workers, there are three main pieces of legislation which govern the construction and maintenance of scaffolding and PPE. These are:
- The Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WHR), which says that the responsibility for employee safety lies almost exclusively with the site managers.
- The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), which says that workers should be given Personal Protective Equipment, tools and equipment which are safe to use and suitable for the task at hand. They should be trained in its use too, to help prevent personal injuries
- The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (PPEW) requires PPE , tools and equipment are regularly inspected to know they are working properly.
To read any of these in greater detail, visit the HSE website.
Employers should be familiar with all three pieces of legislation, and implement them into everyday working practice. Where they do not, you may be able to make a fall from scaffolding claim, and you should get in touch with one of our personal injury lawyers to find out more.
Scaffolding Accident Resources
Asons want to help those injured in workplace accidents such as falls from scaffolding in any way we can. If you have suffered an accident at work, our guide to Workplace Accidents: The Occupational Hazard can provide support, statistics and information about making a recovery. Many scaffolding accidents also cause damage to the spine, so our resource Spinal Cord Injuries: A Guide To Rebuilding Shattered Lives may also be of interest.
If you would like more information on preventative measures for work, or if you would like precautionary measures to present to your employer, The Health and Safety Executive provides useful guidance on Personal Protective Equipment and scaffolding checklists, as well as printable brochures, guides and posters for use in and around the workplace. The injury sustained will dictate the support groups you will find most useful.
Asons Keep It Simple With Scaffolding Injuries Claims!
At Asons, we like to keep it simple. We promise to:
- use simple, straight-forward English wherever possible. We can’t avoid using some legal language, but we try to keep it to a minimum. You want to know about your claim, not translate jargon!
- provide you with a personal claims handler. They’ll deal with your case, from the beginning, right through to the end. Sometimes, however, changing your case handler is unavoidable. If this happens, we will let you know about who will be taking over your case and why
- keep you informed, on a regular basis, as to the status of your fall from scaffolding claim. You’ll be updated on how’s it’s progressing, in a clear and concise manner
- be available when you need us. We feel it’s important that you’re able to contact us, to ask questions or for an explanation, whenever you feel the need to.
In short, we’ll make the process of claiming for scaffolding fall compensation as simple and easy-to-understand, as we possibly can.
There is a ‘statute of limitations’ applied to claims for personal injury compensation. This means that claims for compensation must be made within three years of the date you suffered your injury.
‘No Win, No Fee’
Many people don’t want to start a personal injury compensation claim because they think it will be expensive. That would be true, if we didn’t operate on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. As part of our promise to keep things simple, we will not expect you to pay a penny, until your claim is complete and your compensation money has been awarded.
More on ‘no win, no fee’ here.
All you need to do is contact us. We can advise on whether you can claim for your scaffolding injury, and on the chances of that scaffolding accident claim being successful, quickly and easily. If we believe that the claim will get results, and you want to go ahead, we can start right away.