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Scaffolding is a form of constructed ladder which is used as a non-permanent elevated framework for the supporting of materials and workers during construction work, primarily on buildings and other kinds of larger structures. Scaffolding is mainly used on construction sites as it is adjustable in height, gives the workers a place to stand and the ability to operate on their own, it has the capacity to hold many materials and persons and it often has lockable wheels. Even though scaffolding is considered to be effective and useful as well as safe, its use still can present an element of risk for the workers at the construction site. In order to avoid scaffolding accidents and to promote overall safety at the site, it is best practice to ensure the physical condition of the scaffolding is adequate and furthermore that the workers know how to use the scaffolding properly.

Scaffolding injuries most often occur in the following cases-

  • Missing base plates or boards can lead to Scaffolding Injury
  • When planks slip from their placing or are not placed properly then Scaffolding Injury may occur
  • Slipping on a plank is another common way of suffering a scaffolding injury
  • When workers get struck by a falling plank or a hard object then this may be classed as a Scaffolding Injury
  • If the site manager or a worker has improperly installed or constructed a scaffolding structure then workers can be involved in a Scaffolding Injury
  • Inadequately maintained Scaffolding can also lead to Scaffolding Injury
  • Flawed toe boards or guard railings can lead to Scaffolding Injury
  • Insufficient ties or insecure bracing is also one of the most common reasons of Scaffolding Injury
  • Flawed foundations can lead to structural damage thereby injuring the workers
  • Using improper equipment, such as ladders, can cause falls which can lead to severe Scaffolding Injuries

Slipping from scaffolding is one of the most common causes of construction and building site accidents. Therefore, correct set-up of the scaffolding is vital in order to prevent any unnecessary site accident claims. The dismantling and setting up of the scaffolding should always be done under the direct supervision of a knowledgeable and experienced supervisor. The specifications set out by the manufacturer should be followed, including the instructions related to the dismantling, erection and usage of the scaffolding. Regular inspection is also a part of scaffolding safety. While the management team of the construction company is ultimately responsible for keeping their equipment in working order and in good condition, the workers and employees also need to work as a team and inspect the scaffolding before erecting it. This includes reporting to the management or the supervisor if there are any faults or weaknesses in the equipment. In addition to this, fall protection, such as guard rails and safety harnesses, should always be provided whenever workers are using the scaffolding. Whenever the workers are working at a height of more than 1.8 meters (6 feet) above the ground and on scaffolding, they must wear safety harnesses or other equipment to protect them from scaffolding accidents.

Most Construction and Building Site Accidents can be avoided by following basic scaffolding safety precautions and making sure that the scaffolding is properly, appropriately and carefully set up, used and dismantled. Regular check-ups should also be performed on the scaffolding in order to ensure it is in good physical condition. Methods of fall protection should also be in place.

According to the 1996 Construction Regulations, an employer must ensure the safety of the scaffolding by constructing it under proper supervision of an expert and getting it inspected by a skilled and experienced person. If the employer does not follow the rules and erects the scaffolding improperly, then it is a legal right of the victim to sue the negligent employer to obtain a proper compensation claim amount if the person becomes injured as a result. Cases of scaffolding accidents are increasing day by day and so the demand for compensation for these accidents is increasing. The victim can claim compensation for medical expenses, travel expenses, loss of present and future wages and permanent losses. It is important to know the reason for the scaffolding injury so as to decide who should pay the compensation and how much they should compensate.

Using Cooks Legal will allow victims of Scaffolding Accidents to get maximum compensation for Scaffolding Injury in a time saving and hassle free manner. Opting to appoint us means you will have a team of expert solicitors pursuing your claim. All of our solicitors have sound experience of winning Scaffolding Injury compensation cases for the victims of such accidents. We deal with the compensation claim from start to finish. We operate on a no win no fee basis. You can rely on Cooks Legal as we are certified by the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. Our no win no fee solicitors and customer care team are readily available around the clock so as to assist with any queries from victims looking for Scaffolding Injury compensation.

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