A construction site can be an incredibly dangerous workplace, with a high probability of accidents. The fact that thousands of construction workers are injured each year on building sites in the UK alone is a testament to the inherent risks of working in the construction industry. Construction accidents are prone to happen, regardless of how cautious you are, yet their risk can be mitigated by the implementation of precautionary procedures and guidelines that protect the health and safety of workers.
When can you claim?
The development, implementation, and enforcement of safety procedures and guidelines are the responsibilities of employers. They are required by UK law to take all necessary measures to safeguard the health and safety of all their employees.
In order to achieve this, they need to employ effective safety guidelines, plan training sessions to ensure they are understood and enforced by all employees, and conduct regular quality control checks to determine if they need to be reinforced, changed, or improved. Employers are also required to provide all workers with appropriate protective gear and equipment as and when necessary.
If your employer has failed in any of these responsibilities, through negligence or oversight, then they are liable to provide fair and adequate compensation for any injuries or losses suffered in the course of work by any of the workers.
You can make a construction accident claim and file for compensation if you have been involved in, and have suffered any personal injury or financial losses through a construction accident that was directly or indirectly caused by your employer’s oversight or negligence. It need not just be the employer’s fault though, as you can file for a personal injury compensation claim if another member of staff was at fault for your accident.
How to claim
Once you feel you are eligible for a construction accident claim, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline and talk to a professional and experienced solicitor. Provide them with as much information as you can, such as the time and date of the accident, how it happened, the circumstances of the incident, witnesses present, and if possible, photographs of the place where the accident took place.
Based on the merits of the information you provide, the solicitor will evaluate your claim and determine your chances of claiming compensation for your injuries and losses successfully. Additionally, document all your injuries and their full extent, as well as all the medical bills and expenses incurred in their treatment. All this evidence can prove to be crucial in determining the outcome of your construction accident claim.
Construction accidents can be prevented through safety guidelines and precautionary measures. However, no matter how cautious you are, they still do tend to occur and often result in serious injuries and damages. If you have been involved in a construction accident, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and get in touch with a professional solicitor for help with a successful claim.
Date Published: January 5, 2014
Author: David Brown