Shopping at a builders yard is definitely the best way to get trade discounts and pick up all the building supplies you need, whether you’re an apprentice, contractor or self-employed tradesman. However builders yards can be dangerous places if health and safety is not taken seriously, and there have been cases where people have been seriously injured, even killed after visiting a builders yard. Of course, there are things you can do to protect yourself – like being aware of your surroundings – but if you have been injured, you could make a claim for builders yard accident compensation.
What could go wrong at a builders yard?
There are any number of potential hazards which could cause an accident, but don’t forget that there is a three-year time limit in place to make a personal injury claim. Here are a few examples of accidents that Accident Advice Helpline has handled builders yard accident compensation claims for in the past:
- Timber, bags of cement mix or other objects falling from height and causing serious crush injuries
- Being hit/run over by a forklift truck
- Manual handling injuries such as back and neck injuries from lifting heavy stock without assistance
- Slipping on recently cleaned floors or product spillages, such as paint or a packet of nails/screws
- Tripping over bags or boxes of stock left lying around
Slips and trips may not sound serious, but you could actually sustain some pretty nasty injuries ranging from cuts and bruises to back and head injuries that could mean taking months off work. Self-employed tradesmen who are injured could suffer not only loss of earnings but even the risk of losing their business as clients go elsewhere for work to be done whilst they are off sick recovering from their injuries. If you’ve lost trade or suffered loss of earnings as a result of injuries sustained at a builders yard, we could help you claim the compensation you deserve.
How much compensation could you get?
The quickest way to get an idea of how much you could claim is to take the 30-second test on our website right now. Or give our team a call on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you’re eligible to make a claim. Our personal injury lawyers have years of experience so you know you can trust us to handle your claim, however you have been injured. You could be compensated for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings, and there is no obligation to proceed with a claim when you contact us.
Date Published: October 28, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton