While mishaps on a construction site are far less prevalent than in the past they still happen and if you receive an injury at work, Accident Advice Helpline can help guide you in making a claim for compensation.
The most common construction site injuries are:
The wearing of hard hats is a must but head injuries are still one of the most common construction site injuries, due largely to falling objects, materials or tools. This generally leads to concussion, fractures to skull or face and brain trauma.
Spinal cord injuries
Falling from a roof, scaffolding or a ladder are the most common ways workers can end up with serious spinal cord damage, leading to partial or even full paralysis and long-term disability.
Broken, fractured or crushed bones
Heavy machinery not secured properly, or used incorrectly can lead to bones being fractured, broken or sometimes crushed.
Burns and scalding
There is always a likelihood of fires or explosions on a construction site, which can cause burns and scalding. Exposed electrical wiring, leaking pipes and dangerous chemicals all increase the risk of such accidents.
Cuts and lacerations
Poorly maintained or defective tools, exposed nails or screws and unsecured machinery are just some of the causes of workers suffering cuts and lacerations. If not treated correctly these can lead to infection.
Loss of hearing
Excessive noise from machinery such as a jackhammer, or building equipment are amongst the most common causes of injury on a construction site leading to hearing loss for a construction worker, especially if they do not use ear plugs or ear defenders.
Exposure or the improper handling to chemicals and gases are among the hazards which can lead to partial or full loss of sight.
If you have suffered an accident while working on a construction site you may be entitled to accident at work compensation as your employer has a legal duty to ensure your health and safety.
It is important if you have had an accident, however innocuous your injury appears to be, to see a doctor then make a note of the date and also of any cost, so that you can claim it back later.
Accident Advice Helpline provides access to justice for victims of non-fault accidents under the no win, no fee* agreement and has established a reputation for integrity, dependability, reliability and accountability and is endorsed by people’s champion Esther Rantzen.
Contact the Accident Advice Helpline today.
Date Published: September 26, 2013
Author: David Brown