Scaffolding can be a very dangerous area of the construction industry. Every year in the UK around 5,000 workers suffer injury as a result of scaffolding accidents, with many incidents serious or catastrophic. However, these facts do not remove the fact that, with correct safety practice, scaffolding should be a safe industry to work in – after all, scaffolding projects occur continuously throughout the country and most are carried out without incident.
Although no two scaffolding accidents are ever exactly alike, incidents can be loosely grouped into four categories. They are as follows:
There are various pieces of legislation and regulations in place designed to protect the safety of scaffold workers. These include The Work at Height Regulations 2005, The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992.
Alongside other statutory instruments, these clearly outline the responsibilities of employers to the health and safety of scaffold workers.
George Ide LLP’s personal injury lawyers are on hand to provide support, guidance and representation in the event you have sustained injury in a scaffolding accident.
Our experienced and knowledgeable team can advise you on all aspects of making a claim including treatments, therapies and rehabilitation.
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