Although the number of injuries sustained within the construction industry has been reduced significantly over the last 20 years, it is still regarded as a high risk occupation.
The nature of this type of work means that any type of injury has the potential to be very serious and sometimes fatal. Working at height and with heavy equipment, means that construction workers should always follow a strict set of guidelines.
Types of injuries
Construction workplace injuries account for 22% of all fatalities in the UK workplace, and this is very high considering only 5% of the UK workforce actually makes up the number of construction employees. So you can imagine that the typical construction accident is going to be fairly serious. Here is a list of the most common types of these accidents:
- Falls from height – this includes falling from ladders and scaffolding and can result in serious head and back injuries as well as some fatalities.
- Falling objects – Working on a construction site can often lead to heavy objects being dropped by worker’s negligence. Being struck by a heavy object can also be very dangerous and often leads to crush injuries.
- Trips and falls – A busy construction site is not always a tidy one, and many accidents are the result of tripping over hazards that should not rally be there.
- Equipment based injuries – Your employer should ensure that all electrical equipment has been properly checked, if this is not the case, the results can be lethal.
How to avoid these injuries
Your employer has a legal duty of care to follow and if they fail to meet the correct health and safety regulations, they can be liable to legal compensation claims. If you are injured whilst working on a construction site, please call us at Accident Advice Helpline immediately.
In the meantime, you can avoid most of these injuries by following the correct health and safety guidelines for construction workers. Wearing the correct safety equipment, maintain a tidy working environment and using equipment that has passed strict control checks will enhance your safety.
What happens if I am injured?
If you are unfortunate enough to sustain an injury whilst working on a construction site, please contact us at Accident Advice Helpline. Since 2000, we have been helping injured construction workers to claim financial injury compensation.
Using our bespoke compensation claims calculator we can usually tell you within 30 seconds if you have a viable claim case. We work on a 100% no win no fee basis and you usually will not have to appear in court.
Date Published: October 18, 2013
Author: David Brown