As an industry, construction is arguably the most dangerous in the United Kingdom. Figures from the Health and Safety Executive reveal that, whilst it accounts for a touch over 10% of Britain’s workforce, construction site accidents are responsible for almost a quarter of all reported injuries at work over the course of an average year. Even within the construction industry, some areas are considerably more dangerous than others. Work doesn’t really get any more risky than being a structural iron or steel worker.
What type of accidents at work might a structural iron or steel worker suffer?
Before the construction of projects like bridges can begin, structural iron workers are responsible for putting together the cranes and machines that will later be put to use lifting steel columns, beams and girders. The workers will then move the beams with the cranes and position them into place and bolt them tight.
A major step forward in terms of safety at work for structural iron and steel workers was the introduction of fall harnesses. Before then, fatalities were an all too common occurrence. However, this particular career remains one of the most dangerous in any industry, never mind just construction. The potential causes of accidents at work are both numerous and varied. They include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
- Falling objects: Enormous steel pillars swinging over head can cause extremely serious injuries at work should something go wrong and they slip from the grip of the crane.
- Malfunctioning machinery: Structural iron workers are dependant on numerous high-tech pieces of equipment. Accidents with faulty machines can have catastrophic consequences.
- Falls: Though fall harnesses have greatly reduced the number of fatalities from these kinds of work accidents, a fall at work can still cause substantially painful injuries, never mind feelings of panic and terror as you lose your grip and dangle helplessly in mid-air.
What can I do if I am hurt at work?
Whatever the nature of your accident at work, providing you meet certain criteria, you may be due work injury compensation. As long as your accident occurred within the last three years, caused injuries that required medical attention and was demonstrably the fault of someone else, then you may be due some financial recompense.
Our expert legal team at Accident Advice Helpline can answer any questions you may have and work on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice