Making a Claim for Scaffolding Accidents & Injuries

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Working on a building site can be a dangerous job. The tools and materials used see to that in their own right and when you add in the risks of exposure to the elements it’s clear to see that construction work is on area within which its’ vital that health and safety procedures are strictly adhered to. Of all the places in a building site, however, perhaps the most dangerous to work is up on scaffolding, since a slip, trip, fall or any other kind of accident taking place at height is bound to have greater ramifications than one which takes place at ground level.

The regulations covering scaffolding

The dangers posed by scaffolding have been recognised by the Health and Safety Executive which has drawn up a scaffold specific checklist which employers are expected to adhere to. This list includes the levels of training and competence of those who decide when scaffolding needs to be used and how to erect and dismantle it. On top of this there is a commitment to ensure that all scaffolding equipment is maintained in the best possible condition and checked on a regular basis.

Negligence in scaffolding accidents

Despite these precautions, and the fact that scaffolding has become generally safer in the last 30 years, people are still injured when working on scaffolding every single working week and the underlying cause of these work accidents can usually be traced to negligence in one form or another. In many cases this will involve something as simple as failing to construct or maintain the scaffolding properly, or it may be a specific failure such as a lack of guard rails or safety nets.

You don’t necessarily even have to fall from the scaffold in question to suffer an injury, of course. You may be hit by debris dropping from unsafe scaffolding or even crushed beneath the weight of an entire collapsing scaffold.

DID YOU KNOW: In 2016/17, there were 69 reported scaffolding accidents in which the victim’s recovery period was more than seven days, including 27 major injuries, though the actual numbers are probably higher.

Deciding whether to make a scaffolding injury claim

If you’ve been injured in any of these ways and feel that your employer was negligent in their approach to the scaffold in question then you might be in a position to launch a claim for negligence. A claim of this kind isn’t designed to punish your employer, nor is it a way for you to cash in on an unfortunate accident. What it is, however, is an acknowledgement, via compensation, of the fact that you’ve been treated badly and suffered as a result. On top of this there will be a sum of money designed to reimburse you for any financial losses brought about as a direct result of the accident, such as lost earnings, medical bills or the cost of altering your home to accommodate mobility problems.

How to ensure the claim will be successful

Making a claim such as this consists of demonstrating that the person responsible for the safety of the scaffolding was negligent, and that this negligence was responsible for the accident which caused your injury. Doing this will be much simpler with the help of an experienced no win no fee lawyer, so if you’ve been injured in this manner then call us on 0800 234 6438 and we’ll take down the details of your case. The more information you can bring to us, the better, since we’ll use the facts to determine whether you’re likely to win compensation. If you are then we’ll do our best to make it happen.

Doing a dangerous job doesn’t mean that you should take getting hurt for granted. On the contrary, it means that the people employing you should go the extra mile to ensure your safety. If they don’t, then we’ll go the extra mile to see to it that you’re fully compensated.

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