Accidents on construction sites often have serious, even fatal consequences. New technology designed to minimise the risk of such work accidents occurring is therefore continually being introduced, which is great in theory. The reality, though, can often be different: the question is has all this new technology minimised construction site accidents in practical terms?
Has new technology minimised construction site accidents?
While technology has minimised construction site accidents to a certain extent, some construction accidents that could and should have been prevented by it have still happened.
There are two main reasons for this. One of these reasons is the fact that the current economic situation is significantly affecting the construction industry and employers are reluctant to invest in new technology. Secondly, even if this technology is installed, employees are sometimes not trained adequately in the use of this equipment.
Duty of care
Construction industry employers have a duty of care towards their employees and site visitors. This means they are legally required to take all necessary steps to prevent injuries on construction sites, which includes providing suitable, well maintained equipment to do varyious jobs safely and train intended operators of equipment in the use of such equipment and new technology.
Breach of duty
If an employer breaches this duty by not providing the correct equipment, maintaining equipment in good working order or training employees properly, they could be held liable for any injuries sustained in accidents at work caused by their breach of duty.
What this means to you
If you were injured in a construction accident because your employer failed to install new technology or train you in the use of this technology, you could be eligible to claim industrial injury compensation. You can only claim work injury compensation if your accident at work occurred within the past 36 months.
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Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice