If an employer asked you to work on scaffolding, it is the employer's duty to ensure that your working conditions were safe and that you receive proper training and safety equipment. Additionally, the scaffolding should have been properly erected by people who were trained to do it.
At Graham Coffey & Co, our solicitors handle injury claims for employees who have been injured in scaffolding accidents at work. Unfortunately, these accidents are not uncommon, and they are almost always caused by negligence on the part of an employer. If you have been hurt on a scaffold, contact our Manchester solicitors today to learn more about your options.
Assisting Victims of Scaffolding Accidents in the UK
We are experienced in handling claims for workers hurt in accidents involving:
- Poorly constructed scaffolding
- Scaffolding collapse
- Scaffolding erected by inexperienced or poorly trained workers
- Unstable scaffolding
- Dropped items falling onto a worker on a scaffolding
- Falls from scaffolding
- Improper scaffolding equipment
- Poorly maintained scaffolding
- Moveable scaffold towers
While scaffolding collapse accidents are rather uncommon, many worker injuries are caused by unsteady and unsafe scaffolding parts, including walk boards, bracing and ladder accesses. Scaffolding workers are also frequently injured by items falling from overhead, resulting in head injuries. In these instances, the employer may have failed to employ safe work practices such as installing waste chutes where needed.
Movable Scaffold Towers
Some of the most common accidents occur when temporary scaffold towers are moved. Safety in assembling and dismantling moveable scaffold towers is paramount. There are strict and rigorous guidelines that must be followed to avoid accidents and injuries. The height of scaffold towers should be reduced, inspections should be made to make sure there are no overhead obstructions, and the ground around the scaffold tower should be firm, level and free of potholes. Specific trained techniques should be employed when moving the tower.
Scaffolding Accident Case Studies
As our client, Mr. H, moved a scaffold tower, the wheel caught in the uneven work surface causing the tower to fall on him. He suffered significant crush injuries to his face and back. Mr. H was unable to return to work and needed surgery to reconstruct his damaged face. Our Manchester scaffolding accident solicitors pursued the employer aggressively and secured not only a full admission of liability but also an award of more than £50,000.
Our client, Mr. P, was working on scaffolding as a shot blaster. Whilst the scaffold didn't collapse, it was unstable, and as Mr. P lost his footing, the shot blaster discharged into his arm. We secured an admission of liability against his employer and compensation for the scarring to his arm.