Mr S worked for a scaffolding company. He was sent to dismantle a specialist type of scaffold known as birdcage. Basically the building is erected around the outside of the scaffold including the roof. This means at the end of construction the scaffold is completely enclosed.

The only way of reaching the  working platform is from below which means lifting a board.

When Mr S did this a building block left on the platform fell and hit him on the head.

We put the claim to the main contractor, who blamed another contractor, who blamed another contractor and so on…everybody agreed the block should not have been left there, but said it wasn’t them who had. The reality was that it was impossible to work out who had.

Under the contract for hire the main contractor was overall responsible for the scaffold so the claim continued to court against them. Eventually they accepted their responsibility and settled the case.

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