Scaffolding is, by its very nature, a dangerous place for employees to work.
A fall from scaffolding can cause serious injury and in a worst-case scenario even result in death. Risks to employers are present from not only falling from the scaffolding, but also objects falling from higher scaffolding platforms onto the ground or lower sections of the scaffolding.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, between 2016 and 2019 falls from height made up 32% of all work-related injury claims.
Employers have a duty to ensure that all scaffolding is properly erected and regularly checked to ensure it remains safe. Furthermore, employers must properly train and supervise employees who are working at height, particularly on scaffolding. Sadly, such training is often overlooked which results in employees not having the adequate knowledge on how to work safely on scaffolding.
Common types of scaffolding accidents include:
- Trips or falls on scaffolding due to uneven and badly laid flooring planks, work equipment/materials left in walkways or even poor weather conditions
- A fall from height due to inadequate safety measures such as missing safety rails or ladders not properly being used
- A scaffolding collapse due to a failure to properly erect the scaffolding, or by overloading the scaffolding structure
However, not all scaffolding accidents can happen to people who are at work. Sometimes innocent bystanders, residents or pedestrians can be affected by falling debris or collapsing structures due to faulty scaffolding or poor working practices. In such circumstances, a claim can still be made against the responsible party, even if the injured person is not injured in the course of their employment.
Scaffolding accidents are easily avoided by employers and constructors of the scaffolding following the rules surrounding health and safety, but If a person finds themselves injured as a result of a scaffolding accident, these rules may have been broken and a claim for negligence against the responsible party made.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident at work, which you believe was due to the negligence of your employer, our specialist teams could help you.
If your employer is found to be at fault for your accident, then you will be entitled to claim compensation for your pain and suffering together with recovery of your financial losses and expenses.
We understand you may have concerns about making a claim against your employer, but we’re here to guide you and give you the right advice and help when you need it.
Why choose Minster Law for scaffolding accident claims?
- Our specialist team have secured over £40 million in damages for our seriously injured clients in the last year alone.
- As one of the largest serious injury teams in the UK, our highly experienced team work alongside some of the UK’s leading Barristers and medical experts, ensuring you have access to the very best advice and support.
- Our competitive and clear funding options allow you to properly understand how you’ll fund your claim.
- We work nationally - no matter where you are, we can provide the advice you need and offer face to face support.
Speak to an expert today
No matter how your injury was caused, contact our expert team today on 01904 663 229 and we can discuss how we can support you.