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Construction Accidents Involving Scaffolding

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Scaffolding PolesEmployers and construction site managers have a duty to safely control and plan the erecting and use of scaffolding and working platforms in the workplace in line with the terms of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Any person in control of the construction and use of scaffolding, and working platforms, has a duty to ensure that the scaffolding is properly constructed and all protective safeguards in terms of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (as amended) are in place.

Employers and any one in control of the construction and use of scaffolding and working platforms must make sure the scaffolding and or working platform is inspected every seven days or after any event, which may have affected its strength or stability whenever there is a risk that a person could fall two metres or more.

Scaffold tag systems

Although not required by law, tag systems are a good way to ensure scaffolding safety. However, employers and site managers are legally required to inspect any scaffold from which a worker might fall two or more metres, with additionally weekly safety reports a further requirement.

Qualifications and scaffolding

Under the Work at Height Regulations 2005 the law requires that scaffolds are erected, designed and taken apart only by suitably competent workers and supervisors. This is a requirement of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Guard systems

Where possible, guard systems are a good way to reduce the occurrence of falls during the use and erection of scaffolding.

Claim compensation following a scaffolding accident

You only have three years from the date of an accident to make a claim so it is imperative that you seek personal injury legal advice at the earliest possible stage.

Call Thompsons today on 0800 0891 331 for no win no fee help and advice. We are recognised as one of the leading firms in Scotland, win over 90 percent of the cases we take on and secure £1 million in compensation each week for our clients.  


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