You might be working on a new build site building houses or you could be carrying out maintenance or repairs on a roof or guttering, which will involve working at height. Perhaps you’ve started working on a refurbishment project or a basement conversion and have been injured. Accidents on building sites have the potential to happen anywhere at any time, and whilst you take some responsibility for your own personal safety, your employer also has a role to play. They should ensure that all staff:
- Receive proper training to enable them to use equipment and carry out their job safely;
- Are provided with PPE such as safety boots and hard hats, if required;
- Are aware of the risks of working at height;
- Have the proper safety equipment available to use; and
- Follow health and safety procedures and safe working practices.
They also need to make sure that the working environment is as safe as possible, which could include ensuring that scaffolding is properly erected or making sure that a basement conversion is not at risk of collapse.
Accidents on building sites have the potential to cause serious injury such as:
- Broken bones;
- Loss of limbs;
- Head injury;
- Spinal injuries;
- Facial injuries; and
- Crush injuries.
However you have been injured whilst working on a building site, your employer may have been negligent. For example, if they didn’t provide you with training to carry out your job safely, or they failed to provide safety equipment for working at height, and you suffered injuries after an accident, they could be held liable. We have helped hundreds of workers to claim compensation after accidents at work and could help you, too. Find out how much compensation you could be entitled to by taking the 30-second test on our website.
How much compensation will I receive?
The amount you’ll be awarded will depend on the severity of your injuries, as well as any financial losses. If you’ve suffered serious injuries such as brain damage, and are unable to return to work, you will receive a higher settlement than somebody who has suffered broken bones and is expected to make a full recovery, but our team of personal injury advisors can offer confidential advice. There’s no obligation to proceed with a claim when you call us and our lawyers work on a 100% no win no fee basis, giving you one less thing to worry about. Get in touch today by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown