Construction site accidents can involve a whole range of different scenarios. You may, for example, be injured by faulty equipment or machinery. In such cases, you may suffer injuries by electrocution, fire or even explosions, all of which would warrant a work accident claim.
Working at height
Other accidents at work on a construction site may consist of falling from height when working on scaffolding, ladders or other elevated locations. Injuries by falling objects like building materials or tools, for example, can also occur and would equally justify claiming for compensation.
This also applies to work injuries you may have sustained as a result of inadequate personal protective equipment. Unless adequately protected, construction workers may also be exposed to the risk of injuries by harmful substances like asbestos or chemicals.
Incidents involving vehicles
Then, of course, there is the risk of sustaining injuries by vehicle accidents at work. Such work related accidents could involve forklifts; delivery or waste disposal trucks, and so on. These too may qualify for injury compensation. In essence, whatever kind of accident may happen to you on a construction site, chances are you will be able to claim compensation.
The question of responsibility
What really matters is not so much how you sustained an injury at work, but who was responsible for it. Essentially, you can claim work injury compensation for any building site accident that has been caused by someone else’s error, negligence or irresponsible behaviour.
Time limits for claims
Another deciding factor in whether a claim for compensation is warranted is when the accident occurred. As a rule, claims must be initiated within three years of the incident leading to your personal injuries.
There is, however, an exception to this rule. Should you develop an industrial disease as a result to sudden or prolonged exposure to harmful substances; excessive noise or vibrations, for example, this time limit will commence from the date you are diagnosed with the disease in question.
Confirming claim eligibility
Should you be unsure whether you are eligible to claim for construction accident compensation, talk to an Accident Advice Helpline adviser. Available 24 hours, seven days a week via Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, our law firm’s advisers are supported by 15 years’ experience in the claim industry. Able to confirm your claim eligibility quickly and efficiently, we can also assist you in securing the help of an experienced in-house solicitor to handle your claim.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice