Scaffolding Accident Compensation

When it comes to working at a height, usually on a building construction or other venture, the use of scaffolding is generally mandatory to ensure the stability of workers as they complete the construction process. Scaffolding is far more stable than a generic ladder and allows more of a work platform-style approach, so the user can move around as necessary to complete different tasks. 

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Scaffolding is generally found on building sites but can also be used throughout the repair process on several buildings, and the construction of such equipment is essential to the safety and security of anyone working on the project. As such, any negligence on behalf of the contractors can lead to serious injury, and as the falls are generally from a fair height, in many cases they can lead to death.

If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident through the negligence of your boss or a fellow employee, you could be eligible to claim for compensation.

What is scaffolding?

Scaffolding is a structure that is built to help support workers and materials when they are building or doing repair works on certain construction areas. It is generally made of a metal design and comprises a set of poles set together in a structural manner with a platform at the stop and across certain levels depending on the needs of that individual construction site. 

As scaffolding is used so commonly within society there are a number of rules and regulations that all builders must adhere to, and these govern the way that the scaffolding is create, the materials used, and the way in which they are arranged to support each other. They also help to ensure that all scaffolds are structurally supported before builders are allowed to work on them, helping to prevent serious injuries.

What are some common dangers associated with scaffolding?

As with any equipment, scaffolding that has been incorrectly constructed or that is not designed to support the full weight of the user can cause real problems for employees. Scaffolding may collapse if the structure is not sound, or if the material has started to rust. This in turn could cause the employee to slip or fall from a height of many storeys. 

What injuries can I incur?

When it comes to falling from scaffolding there are any number of injuries that you could suffer, but some of the most common include:

  • Death if from a height of several stories
  • Serious head or neck injuries
  • Broken bones and limbs.

Who is to blame?

The nature of the blame generally lies in the builder of the scaffolding, but in many cases it could also lie with the employer. If the staff have not been correctly trained to construct safe scaffolding then the employer could be held liable for negligence. The site manager could also be held liable if the scaffolding is unstable and he has given it the ok. 

What should I do next?

If you have been injured as a result of falling from scaffolding which has been negligently constructed, then you could be eligible for a compensation claim. Most falls from these kind of heights garner rather large payouts and if you feel that you have been left out of pocket through someone else’s fault, then what are you waiting for?

To find out more information on what you might be eligible for or to start your claim today, contact Manners Pimblett on 0845 077 0772. 

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