All jobs carry some degree of risk that when it comes to suffering an accident at work. However, some jobs are more dangerous than others. One such job where accidents at work occur more often is in construction.
Why are builders more likely to sustain a work injury than others?
There are several reasons why builders are more likely to have an accident at work ranging from musculoskeletal injuries to industrial accidents.
Firstly, builders by nature carry heavy items which if not carried correctly can cause a nasty back injury. This could be caused by anything from bricks and rubble to girders and spools of wire.
Also a building site is generally a more dangerous work place compared to an office. This is due not only to the large machinery that may be operating in the area and the uneven ground but also the sound levels. A building site when active is rarely quiet and without the correct safety equipment you could be looking at long term work injuries such as hearing loss.
How can builders avoid a work injury?
The key to any builder helping to prevent an accident at work is health and safety. There are several guidelines to keep builders and other workers safe from harm and if used, these can stop many accidents at work from occurring. The guidelines cover a wide variety of potential work injury hazards from exposure to asbestos to lifting heavy items and the limit to how much one person can carry.
If you are a builder and your company hasn’t complied with work health and safety or are not complying with the industry code then it’s imperative that you talk to your site manager or a health and safety representative. An accident at work is bad news for everyone including your site manager so if you feel unsafe for any reason, you need to report it. Whether this is a lack of safety equipment, sound level on the site or poor lighting conditions, they are always worth pointing out to management before a work injury is sustained.
If you have had an accident at work within the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in such cases as accident work claims.
Speak to one of our friendly advisors on the 24-hour free phone on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, to find out more about how you can make a work injury claim and utilise our expert team of lawyers who possess over 15 years’ worth of personal injury claim experience.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown