Scaffolding Injury Compensation Claims

Any work at height represents a potential hazard. As a consequence, the Work at Height Regulations 2005 stipulates that whenever such a task is undertaken, employers must provide a safe working platform. What constitutes a safe working platform will vary depending on the nature of the task being undertaken. On construction sites this will usually take the form of scaffolding.

The erection of suitable scaffolding should only be planned and undertaken by competent employees with the appropriate level of knowledge and experience to ensure adequate strength rigidity and stability of the structure. In addition it is imperative that access to the scaffold is not only safe but also adequately controlled. The scaffold must also be constructed in such a way that materials can be loaded, unloaded and distributed  in a safe manner.

The scaffold should be inspected on a regular basis to ensure that it can still be used safely. In addition inspections should occur following any event which may jeopardise the safety of the installation such as high winds. Any such inspection must be undertaken by a competent individual who has received the necessary training to identify potential risks and hazards.

Risks not only arise from the construction of the scaffold itself but also from the work which is undertaken from the scaffolding. Appropriate steps should be taken to minimise the risk of objects falling from the scaffolding whilst all employees working in the immediate area should receive appropriate instruction and training. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should also be provided as necessary.

Further guidance is available from the Health & Safety Executive.

At Sintons our specialist personal injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in pursuing successful compensation claims arising from accidents on or involving scaffolding.

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