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Construction-related jobs always involve a degree of risk as you are always dealing with heights, temporary structures, etc. Despite being in a construction job, it's your right to have minimum possible risk, and it's the duty of your employer to ensure minimize the risk involved. Many workplace accidents can be avoided if an added precaution is taken by an employer. Health and safety rules should be followed to ensure workers' maximum safety and safety equipment should be used to reduce the risk further. Most scaffolding accident results in serious injuries due to the height factor. An injury has a psychological impact on a person due to pain and staying out of work during treatment. Expenses for medical treatment can also be a reason to worry.
There may be many reasons for scaffolding accidents like:
Scaffolding should be erected by experienced and well-trained workers. An incorrectly erected scaffolding can collapse leading to injuries to the workers working on the scaffolding at the time. Moreover, the workers can fall over other workers working below or on the people passing by. The objects may fall from the scaffolding on the pedestrians or passers-by. It’s the duty of your employer to make sure the structure is safe under all weather conditions.
Because of missing handrails or faulty equipment, falls from height can happen. In some cases, you might have needed a harness – if your employer didn’t provide you with one, then you may also be able to make a claim.
Carrying loads while on scaffolding can cause imbalance and you may trip down. Uneven scaffolding can also cause you to trip and fall. During rainy, windy, and snow season, workers can also slip off the scaffolding.
Many people are not aware of their rights at the workplace and blame themselves for the injury or accident. Your employer is bound by law to take care of the employees or workers from work hazards and keep you as safe as possible while you’re at work. While working on heights, you should be provided a hard hat or harness for safety. Proper risk assessment should be carried put keeping potential dangers into consideration, and should then put measures in place to avoid accidents from happening.
There are three main pieces of legislation that your employer has to follow when it comes to scaffolding safety:
So, if your employer has failed in following health and safety rules, then you can file a scaffolding accident claim against your employer.
You should reach out to an expert personal injury solicitor who will help determine whether you can make a successful compensation claim. We understand that you have already been suffering from physical and emotional stress post injuries. Your solicitor can help decide the compensation amount based on the physical injuries and pain you have suffered. The recovery time period also plays role in deciding the amount. For injuries recovered in a shorter time period are liable for less compensation while the injuries taking a long time to recover may attract more compensation. Most scaffolding claims are covered through liability insurance that your employer has taken. This means this compensation claim won’t put the financial burden on your employer as well.
Call at 0203 603 7712 and take expert advice from our personal injury solicitors.