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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

    Five far-fetched, yet possible potential accidents on a construction site


    Construction work is among some of the most dangerous occupations in the UK. Accidents on a construction site involving slipping or tripping; falls from height and injuries by falling objects; electrocutions; injuries by explosions and more are sadly relatively common. Sometimes, however, circumstances are a little more unusual.

    1. Death in India
      A construction worker in India was handing an iron rod to a fellow employee working above him when the rod tipped backwards in his hands. The rod pierced his shoulder blade before damaging several blood vessels and entering his heart. He died later in hospital.
    2. New Jersey Tragedy
      A 58-year-old delivery driver was killed on an East Coast construction site when the tape measure dropped by a worker located on the 50th floor of the building hit a piece of metal approximately 10 feet off the ground, ricocheted and hit him on the head.
    3. Sydney Miracle
      A 19-year-old construction worker miraculously survived a work accident involving a steel reinforcement pole becoming embedded in his head in Sydney, Australia. The pole had pierced the flooring of the excavator he was driving before somehow twisting and striking his head.
    4. Bad decision
      In an unnamed location, a construction worker apparently pressed the trigger of his impact wrench while trying to retrieve a nut out of the power tool’s socket with his finger. The 5/8 in nut was subsequently driven onto his finger, causing him severe, painful injuries.
    5. Kicking tiles
      In another incident, also in a non-specified location, a crane driver suffered severe head injuries at work when another worker installing tiles on a nearby 22-metre high roof accidentally kicked a tile off the roof. This work injury could, by the way, have had far less serious consequences if the crane driver had worn his hard hat. It is unknown whether this man survived his unfortunate accident at work.

    Your right to compensation

    While some of these workplace accidents may have been prevented if workers had followed safety procedures (sticking a finger into a power tool is never a good idea, and not wearing hard hats on construction sites is against both rules and common sense), others, like the one involving the ricocheting tape measure, for example, could not have been foreseen and prevented through precautionary measures. If you were hurt in a construction site accident, you may have the right to claim for industrial injury compensation. Call the 24-hour advice line provided by Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 for more information.

    Date Published: February 27, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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