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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Construction site accidents: Spinal cord injuries

    Despite major improvements in workplace health and safety in recent years, construction still remains one of the most hazardous industries, accounting for 27 per cent of fatal injuries and 10 per cent of major work-related injuries in the UK. If you’ve been injured at work or you’ve been involved in accidents at work, which have resulted in injury or illness, you may be thinking about claiming compensation.

    Construction site accidents: Types of work injury

    Construction is statistically one of the most dangerous industries. According to the Health and Safety Executive, in 2012, 74,000 employees suffered from a work-related illness and 39 people suffered fatal injuries. The most common types of accident and injury included:

    • Back and neck pain caused by lifting and handling.
    • Muscle and soft tissue sprains and strains.
    • Broken bones.
    • Falls from height.
    • Falling objects.
    • Spinal injuries.
    • Head injuries.

    Preventing spinal cord injuries in the workplace

    The most common causes of spinal injuries in the workplace include slips, trips and falls and falls from height. In order to reduce the risk of these injuries, health and safety measures should be implemented and followed by all employees; examples of these guidelines include keeping doorways and stairways clear, using appropriate safety equipment, providing suitable training and carrying out regular risk assessments to identify and address any potential hazards or shortfalls.

    Work accident compensation: Spinal injuries

    Spinal injuries can be devastating and even a minor work accident can result in a significant period of time off work. If you’re forced to take time off, this may cause you to worry about your income and how you are going to support your family in the future; work injury compensation can help to ease the pressure and provide funding for household costs in the event that you have to stop working completely or change to a lower paid role. Payouts can also be used to cover medical costs or the cost of additional care if you require assistance around the house or rehabilitation.

    If you’ve been injured at work, contact Accident Advice Helpline for expert advice on 0800 689 0500; the legal team understands the impact an injury can have on an individual and the people close to them and they do all they can to get you the compensation you deserve without any additional stress or worry.

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    Date Published: February 25, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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