Statistically, working in construction is one of the most dangerous jobs. According to the Health and Safety Executive, 1.7 million working days were lost in 2014/2015 as a result of injuries for builders and accidents at work in the building industry.
If you’ve been injured at work, and you were not at fault, you may be able to claim compensation.
Common injuries for builders
Builders may encounter a broad spectrum of hazards on a daily basis at work. Injuries for builders are caused by common incidents such as:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Falls from height
- Accidents involving moving vehicles
- Accidents involving tools and machinery
- Accidents related to electrics
The most common injuries for builders may include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Loss of limbs
- Nerve damage
- Repetitive strain injury
- Occupational illnesses, such as asthma or hearing loss
- Eye injuries
- Spinal and head injuries
How can injuries be prevented on a building site?
Building sites are dangerous places, so it’s no wonder that directors and foremen have to adhere to strict rules and regulations to reduce the risk of work accidents and work-related injuries.
Employers have a duty to ensure the relevant safety measures are in place to protect their employees. Examples include:
- Carrying out frequent risk assessments
- Providing workers with suitable safety equipment
- Testing machinery regularly
- Ensuring staff members have the relevant training to use tools and machinery
- Ensuring warning signs are in place to identify hazards
- Using traffic control systems to prevent employees being injured by moving vehicles
If you do get injured on a building site, it’s essential to report the incident to your employer. All work accidents must be documented.
What should I do if I want to claim compensation for a work accident?
If you’ve been injured at work and you want to claim compensation, let Accident Advice Helpline do all the hard work for you. Gather together any information you have that is related to your work injury claim and give our advisors a call.
If the incident happened in the last three years, and you have evidence to prove that your work injuries were caused by your employer’s negligence, your case will be referred to our expert personal injury lawyers. Our legal team will work to build your case and they will keep you up to date throughout the process. Most of our clients never have to go to court.
If youd like to find out more, call us now on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice