Working on a construction site can be dangerous work but even more so if health and safety measures aren’t applied effectively. This can lead to serious injuries such as fractures or even fatalities. You would think this type of work place accident is not common place, but according to the Turner Access the NASC yearly reports found that 30 people in 2013 were seriously injured by scaffolding and 66 affected by minor injuries. This is a frightening thought if you know someone who works in the construction industry.
Causes of scaffolding injuries
There are many types of scaffolding causes , but here are a list of the most common:
- Inadequate safety procedures
- Falling loads
- No protective gear provided
- No ‘on the job’ training given
- Protective gear not worn when working
- Tripping or falling over unsecured parts
- Insecure or non existent bracing
Accidents can be easily created by these factors not being met. The injuries that can be caused by these failings can range from a bruise to a loss of limb. There has even been a case recently in September 2015 of a man in Northern Ireland who fell 20 feet from scaffolding on a building site. The man in question suffered major head injuries due to the collapse of the scaffolding. Other cases included a teenage boy who fell from scaffolding and tragically died. The loft conversion company he worked for were charged for breaches in health and safety that caused the death of the 16 year old apprentice.
What are the impacts of scaffolding injuries
The impacts from scaffolding injuries can vary depending on the injury sustained. As some injuries such as a broken finger can take a matter of months to correct but a loss of limb can take years to recover from. This can have an impact on not only your job prospects but also your well-being. As not being able to work because of an injury can cause loss of earnings which can put pressure on your finances. A serious injury can also effect your job prospects for the future. As to work in the building trade as manual laborer you have to be fit and healthy due to the nature of the job. But if you’ve been a victim of an accident there may be the possibility you can’t carry on that job long term. This can be a devastating thought and can affect all your loved ones and make you worry for the future. That’s why at Sincere Law we don’t believe that you should suffer physically, psychologically or financially for an accident that wasn’t your fault.
How can it affect your everyday life
When you or a loved one have been involved in a accident it can affect many areas of your life. Firstly it can sometimes stop you from working, which can mean loss off earnings or being made redundant. This can put someone under financial pressure and could mean bills like mortgage repayments can not be paid. This then can put strain on family relations and cause tension or arguments. An injury can affect your day-to-day life meaning that mundane tasks such as shopping can be very difficult. An injury can also stop you or a loved one doing the things you love such as playing with your children in the park or going the gym. A serious injury can also affect your well-being and cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can sometimes affect people after a serious accident.
How can we support your recovery
Here at Sincere Law we pride ourselves in making sure you receive the best treatment possible. This involves finding the best doctors, surgeons and physiotherapists to aid your recovery. We can also advise you on how your claim is going and provide interim payments when needed e.g. to pay for home care. So be rest assured that we will do all we can, however long it takes. Furthermore, when your case comes to its natural end be rest assured that we will continue to support you and your loved ones and help you in any way we can. As we know that some conditions are for life, meaning a lifetime of care and support that we can offer you. We can offer you the support of our specialist care and crisis teams that can help all aspects of your recovery, such as a home care package for serious injuries such as head/brain impacts. As the pressure and turmoil of experiencing a serious accident on you and your loved ones can take its toll. So that’s why we can offer family counselling or individual treatment if you are suffering psychologically as the victim or a loved one. So by this if there is anything we can do to help or make your life easier we will try our all to make it happen for you.
How to make a claim
If you or a loved one has been affected by a work place injury involving scaffolding why not get in touch with one of our serious injury specialists today. It is free to call us on 0800 092 2896 or, alternatively, you can request a call back by filling in the form on the top right hand side of this page. All initial advice is without obligation and all of our solicitors work on a no win no fee basis, providing that all information is honest. We will then put you in contact with one of our specialist advisers to answer any questions you may have.
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