Dangerous buildings sites aren’t just a threat to those working on them, they also pose a serious threat to visitors or members of the public living or working nearby. There have been cases where people have been seriously injured or even killed whilst visiting a building site, and whether you’re a member of the public or a construction worker, you could claim dangerous building site compensation if you have been injured and somebody else is to blame.
Your employer or the company that runs the building site could be held liable and ordered to pay you personal injury compensation – and Accident Advice Helpline is here to make sure that happens. We come highly recommended by our patron, UK consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen, for our excellent customer service.
What are the dangers of a building site?
Building sites are usually home to scaffolding, power tools, dangerous equipment and a whole host of other hazards, which means you could be injured whilst working on-site or even if you’re there as a visitor. First thing’s first, it is up to the site manager to ensure that anyone present on-site is safe – so visitors should always be accompanied by a member of staff and issued with safety equipment such as a hard hat and safety boots. If you’re visiting someone on a building site and you’ve been injured, ask yourself if more could have been done to prevent your accident?
If you’ve been injured whilst working on a dangerous building site, it could be that you have suffered serious injuries after a fall from height – the most common cause of workplace fatalities in the UK – such as broken bones, crush injuries or back/spinal injuries. Faulty scaffolding which hasn’t been erected properly could collapse, or you could be injured by faulty or damaged power tools or equipment. It’s up to your employer to ensure your working environment is safe; that means giving you the training you need, providing you with safety equipment (such as harnesses and hard hats) and inspecting equipment regularly for damage or faults.
It could be that you’ve suffered a life-changing injury and are considering claiming dangerous building site compensation. A head or brain injury could leave you struggling to function, causing behavioural changes that make it difficult for you to live independently, whilst a back or spinal injury could cause permanent disability. Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim personal injury compensation which could pay for medical care and treatment you’ll need in the future. Just give us a call on 0800 689 0500 today.
Date Published: October 28, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton