Working at height is unfortunately a huge cause of fatal and major injuries for UK construction workers. Statistics indicate that over 60% of deaths occur from falls from ladders, scaffolds, working platforms and fragile roofs, so while you may not be able to avoid working from height, there are several statutory precautions that your employer must undertake.
A thorough risk assessment that highlights the hazards and states a clear course of action for handling them is one such aspect, but employers must also ensure that scaffolding is constructed by someone fully trained to do so.
These accidents are not just restricted to employees, members of the public are also sometimes struck by falling objects, such as tools or debris.
Where you been injured from a scaffolding accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, you might be able to make a compensation claim.