Did you know that there were 43 fatal accidents in the construction industry in the UK in 2015/2016? Statistically, construction is one of the most dangerous industries in which to work. If you spend your days on-site, you’ll be aware of the need to safety check a construction site before starting work.
The need to safety check a construction site before starting work
In many industries, preparation is key, and construction is no different. In fact, making sure the site is safe and secure and ensuring that every member of the team knows what they’ve got to do is arguably more important in construction than any other industry. Whether you’re a novice learning your trade or you’re an experienced professional, there is always a need to safety check a construction site before starting work. You need to make sure that it is safe to begin and plan exactly what is going to happen stage by stage. By performing checks in advance, you can reduce the risk of construction site accidents and minimise the risk of work injuries. Regular risk assessments are highly recommended, as they enable employees and site managers to identify potential hazards and prepare accordingly.
Common construction injuries
If you work in construction, you may be at risk of injury on a daily basis. Here are some of the most common work-related accidents and injuries you may encounter on a construction site:
- Falls from height: this can result in injuries ranging from strains and sprains to fatal head and spinal injuries
- Injuries caused by operating machinery
- Accidents involving moving vehicles
- Injuries caused by exposure to loud noises
- Vibration tool injuries: symptoms may include tingling, numbness and weakness in the hands, wrists and arms
- Injuries and illnesses caused by exposure to chemicals
If you’ve been injured in a construction accident and you’d like to claim compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline or take our simple 30-second eligibility test. If you were not to blame for your construction accident injuries, you sought medical advice at the time, and the incident happened in the last 3 years, we are here to help. We have an expert team of personal injury lawyers on hand to take over your work accident claim, and we pride ourselves in providing a professional service that eliminates any additional stress for our clients. Call now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: May 4, 2017
Author: Accident Advice