The majority of employers are responsible, ensuring their employees are kept safe by following the Work at Height Regulations, but unfortunately some employers are less scrupulous.
It has been estimated that approximately 4,500 people are hurt every year as a result of a scaffolding accident. Sadly over 50 of these have been proved to end in fatality.
Scaffolding accidents happen for all kinds of reasons but sometimes it could be because of the negligence of an employer. Some of the most common causes of a scaffolding accident are:
There are particular industries that use scaffolding more frequently than others such as roofers, bricklayers, painters, construction workers and electricians, and who need to take extra caution in the work place. However sometimes members of the public can be injured because of negligence involving scaffolding.
Positively, UK scaffolding accidents have decreased over the last few years because of tougher regulations by the Health and Safety Executive. The HSE provides a Scaffold Checklist Guide to assist businesses with what training is needed to erect scaffolding. However there are still workers who are injured at work, which is why you may need to seek legal advice from a reputable solicitors firm such as Hattons.
Many employees worry that they could lose their job if they make a claim against their employer. However an employer is required by law to have insurance that should cover any compensation awarded. Since 1963 it is compulsory for employers to have Employers Liability Insurance.
Also, it is important to remember that by highlighting health and safety problems at work it prevents others from being hurt and in the long run could ensure that procedures are improved.
At Hattons Solicitors we can advise you of your best options and answer any concerns or questions that you have before processing any claim for compensation following an accident at work.
We work closely with our clients to keep them informed about their claim and our clients can also access our online file view system to find out where their case is up to at their own convenience.
If you would like legal advice after being injured in a scaffolding accident and how to make a compensation claim call our friendly legal team on 0800 298 9690 or alternatively fill in the Claim Now Form to the right of this screen and we will call you back.