The building and construction industry is a very high risk area of employment, although it accounts for only about 5% of the people employed in the UK, it is still responsible for 10% of reported major injuries.
Sometimes these injuries may not pose much of a problem at first, but more often than not they can lead to complications later on down the line. There are not too many employers willing to pay a worker when they need multiple visits to doctors’ offices.
Building sites are not safe places to work, even when proper regulations are followed – which is not always the case when budgets are at breaking point and deadlines are just around the corner.
Types of injury
Typical types of injuries associated with building sites include…
- Being caught in machinery or other moving parts
- Falls from ladders, roofs, scaffolding or into holes dug for foundation
- Slips, trips and falls on flat surfaces
- Strains and sprain to tendons, muscles and the spine due to overexertion, kneeling, squatting, or other repetitive motion, lifting, awkward posture, hand pinching or gripping or vibration.
They can happen for a variety of reasons too, not least because somebody cut a corner here or there. Sometimes accidents happen because of the smallest detail was overlooked, things like…
- Ladders are not correctly secured, or are in a state of disrepair
- Spills, such as vehicle or generator fuel, are correctly cleaned up
- Pits are not taped off or otherwise secured in situations where this would normally be required
- Safety nets that are supposed to be secured between floors of new constructions are not in place
Building site accident claims
In these cases, where the accident was not the fault of the individual concerned, there are arguments for building site accident claims to be made.
Many accidents in construction, because of the very nature of the industry, mean that a person could be off work for several days. These ‘sick’ days are not always compensated for by the employer, and if more time off is required… then what?
Building site accident claims with Accident Advice Helpline can help you to get the compensation that you need, not just what you deserve.
They can help you if the accident itself was not due to negligence on your part, even if the incident occurred up to three years ago. The Helpline has been in business for over 10 years and work with their own set of legal professionals to get you the best representation.
And you needn’t worry about having to face your employer in court either; chances are that you will never have to step foot inside one and claims can be made over the telephone.
However, with building site accident claims, and a few others, you may need a one off medical check.