When it comes to suffering an accident in the workplace, the potential severity of the consequences can depend on your work environment. Offices, for example, should possess far fewer potential hazards to health than a construction site.
Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive back up this school of thought. As an industry, construction accounts for a little over 10 per cent of Britain’s workforce. However, construction site accidents are responsible for more than a quarter of all injuries at work reported over the course of an average year.
What jobs see the most accidents at work within the construction industry?
One particularly perilous job within the construction and labouring industries as a whole is that of a plasterer. Plasterers face numerous hazards at work. Here is a breakdown of the top five.
- Trips and falls: Plasterers are often tasked with working in environments littered with potential trip hazards. Frequently, they have to work in houses that are in the process of being built. This means that the presence of rubble, rubbish and tools for other jobs is common. A more serious fall accident may occur when the plasterer is working up a ladder.
- Falling objects: Whether it’s a tool left balanced precariously on the top of a ladder, a crumbling wall or debris from another area of the house being worked on, the potential causes of a falling object accident are both numerous and varied.
- Muscular injuries: The work of a plasterer usually involves working long hours and can be extremely testing in a physical sense. Working in uncomfortable or awkward positions can all too easily lead to injuries at work.
- Repetitive strain injuries: These occur because of the repeated use of certain actions. For a plasterer, this may be a painting action which leads to problems with shoulders and arms.
- Dust inhalation: Plasterers often work on sites where dust is virtually ever-present. Breathing it in can be extremely hazardous to health so Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks and goggles should be worn when necessary.
What can a plasterer do if they are injured at work?
Provided that the accident was not their fault, occurred within the last three years and caused injuries which required medical attention, they may be eligible for work injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with years of experience in processing work injury claims.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice