It is no secret that construction sites are among the most high risk working environments for employees, and last month a company in Wales was fined after failing to ensure staff were safe when working on scaffolding.
Croftons Solicitors look at what employers in the construction sector must do to create a safe environment for their workers, from scaffolding safety to guarding against other potential hazards.
What are the dangers?
The business mentioned above was fined after an inspector noticed one employee working unsafely on scaffolding at a height of four metres. They were standing on a platform consisting of just two wooden boards and there were no measures in place to prevent a fall, such as railings or a safety harness.
The company had previously been warned on two occasions about poor safety procedures regarding the assembly and dismantling of scaffolding, and were fined a total of £13,100.
While no employees were hurt in these incidents, the risk these workers were exposed to could have led to an extremely serious injury, or even a fatality. Every business has a responsibility to provide all staff with protective equipment, whether that is a harness or a hard hat and gloves.
They must also ensure their work environment is safe and that proper risk assessments are carried out. In the case of construction sites, this ranges from ensuring scaffolding is risk-assessed to offering the correct training for staff using heavy machinery as part of their duties.
Helping injured construction workers
If you are injured while working on a construction site and feel that your employer may be to blame, Croftons Solicitors may be able to help you make a claim.
Call our dedicated, experienced team today on 0800 2800 094 for further information, or fill in the claim form on this page.