Construction sites are dangerous places to be and workers are at risk of being injured at work in a variety of potential accidents. According to Health & Safety Executive figures for 2012/13, reported construction industry accidents included 23 fatal injuries; 1,424 non-fatal, but major injuries, and 2,401 non-major injuries.
The most common causes of work injuries according to these figures were:
- Falls from height.
- Falling/moving objects striking workers.
- Slips, trips and falls on level ground.
- Manual handling accidents (lifting/carrying heavy loads).
Some work-related injuries suffered by construction workers, however, were burns.
Accidents at work resulting in burns
Workers on construction sites are exposed to the risk of suffering electrical or chemical burns, as well as burns by fire or explosions. Electrical burns may be the result of arc welding accidents; accidental contact with live wires or electrocution by faulty equipment. Spills of potentially harmful chemicals may lead to chemical burns, while oxy/fuel welding accidents or sparks from electrical equipment igniting fumes, leaking gas/fuel or dry flammable materials can cause potentially serious burn injuries by explosions and/or fires.
Health & safety on construction sites
In order to prevent construction work accidents, employers must ensure that workers are:
- Properly trained in the use of the equipment they are expected to operate.
- Provided with and properly trained in the use of safety equipment.
- Made aware of/trained in safe working procedures.
- Made aware of/trained in emergency procedures.
- Provided with suitable personal protective equipment.
In addition, potentially harmful substances must be stored safely and equipment must be maintained in full working order at all times.
Workers and work accident prevention
In order to prevent workplace accidents, construction workers must use the provided safety and personal protection equipment. Instructions on how to use equipment and safe working procedures must be observed at all times.
If you suffered a personal injury on a construction site and someone else was responsible for the accident leading to this injury, you may be entitled to industrial injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline lawyers have been successfully assisting construction workers in claiming for compensation for over 15 years. Find out how this law firm can help you to get the compensation you are entitled to by calling the company’s freephone advice line on 0800 689 0500 and having a confidential chat with a helpful, experienced adviser. Alternatively, complete the 30-second test on Accident Advice Helpline’s website.
Date Published: March 6, 2014
Author: David Brown