Avoiding Scaffolding Injuries

Quite simply, if all relevant health and safety laws were complied with, there would not be scaffolding accidents. Whilst those putting up and taking down scaffolding should be properly trained, it isn’t rocket science. Of course, where those involved do not speak English or have learning difficulties, the situation is very difficult. However, generally speaking, there are a few simple rules to bear in mind when dealing with scaffolding. The fact that there are so many injuries and deaths caused by workers falling from scaffolding is both alarming and astonishing.

Preventing scaffolding related injuries isn’t complicated either, however many employers in the construction appear to have failed to grasp the concept that health and safety regulations are there to protect workers rather than stifle employers. Sadly, many employers still prioritise profits over the wellbeing of their employees, often with disastrous consequences.

All employers have a legal duty of care to protect the heath, safety and wellbeing of their employees in the workplace and there are various further regulations designed to protect those working at height, such as:

• The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992

• The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

• The Work at Height Regulations 2005

There is plenty of guidance for employers and the rules are made crystal clear so there is no excuse for them failing to discharge their legal duty of care. Employers need to positively engage with health and safety laws in order to keep their employees safe and those who fail to do so could find themselves facing compensation claims.

For scaffolding related injury claims, call the Work Accident Solicitors

Have you been injured whilst working on scaffolding? If the answer is yes and you believe that your employer did not take the necessary steps to protect you, you could entitled to claim compensation.

The Work Accident Solicitors can help, so dial 0808 901 9069,

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