Claim compensation for a scaffolding accident

If you work in the construction industry then one of the biggest risks to your health and safety is likely to be working on scaffolding.

The most recent figures from the HSE show that during 2011/2012, 14 per cent of all reported non-fatal injuries were the result of a fall from height, including falls from scaffolding; in total this is 15,562 reported accidents.

Whilst there is always an increased risk of work injuries for those working at height, most construction accidents of this kind result from a failure to follow safety procedures. These procedures include the employer's responsibility to provide proper training as well as routine inspections and maintenance.

If you were injured whilst working on scaffolding and believe it was the fault of your employer you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Call YouClaim today on 0800 10 757 95 to discuss your case in greater depth.

Common scaffolding accidents

Some of the most common scaffolding accidents and their resulting injuries include:

  • Broken limbs, neck, back and spinal injuries resulting from falls from height due to lack of fall protection;
  • injuries after being crushed in the collapse of scaffolding caused by instability or overloading;
  • head injuries after being struck by falling tools, work material and debris;
  • electrocution and burn injuries due to proximity of the scaffold to overhead power lines; 
  • insecure bracing;
  • poor standard of construction materials;
  • lack of attention to safety procedures.

In a recent study, 72 per cent of workers injured in scaffolding accidents said the accident was caused by either planking giving way, an employee slipping, or being struck by a falling object.

The Work at Height Regulations

The Work at Height Regulations came into effect in 2005 and apply to all tasks carried out at height where there is a risk of a fall.

Employers who follow and enforce these guidelines can reduce the number of occupational hazards, however those that neglect the regulations risk a dangerous work place and compensation claims from injured staff.

Make a claim

If you have suffered an injury whilst working on scaffolding, or any other construction equipment, then the experts at YouClaim are here to help you make a successful claim for compensation.

YouClaim has a fantastic success rate and we are sure that we can help you claim the compensation you deserve. To discuss your case in greater depth with our experienced solicitors call us on 0800 10 757 95, or fill in our online contact form to request a call back.

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