Building demolition is specialist work which should only be carried out by qualified, competent individuals. The Health and Safety Executive produces a range of guidance for building demolition work which should reduce the risk of accidents occurring that could lead to building demolition injuries.
It’s important that any contractors considering building demolition work carry out a full structural survey of the building before work commences. This ensures that the planned work will be carried out safely, minimising the risk to workers and those living in neighbouring buildings. If you’ve sustained building demolition injuries whilst working on a demolition site, the good news is that Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim personal injury compensation – provided it has been three years or less since your accident.
What are my employer’s responsibilities?
If you’re aware of what your employer’s responsibilities are, you can determine whether their negligence actually led to your accident. The Health and Safety Executive states that a full structural survey must be carried out, which should include looking at:
- The age of the structure
- Previous use
- Nearby buildings
- Type of construction
- Weight of machinery/removed material on any floors higher than ground level
It’s also important that the demolition manager ensures that water, gas, electric and telecommunications services are isolated or disconnected – if a worker hits a gas pipe, this could lead to an explosion which could demolish the building and cause serious injuries or death.
How have you been injured?
Building demolition injuries could range from minor injuries such as cuts and bruises, to life-threatening injuries. Here are a few examples of the types of injury which could be sustained:
- Burns, for example if a worker strikes a gas pipe and it causes an explosion
- Respiratory burns or problems
- Crush injuries such as a punctured lung or cracked ribs
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Loss of a limb
In the case of more serious injuries, your life could change dramatically – you may be unable to return to work and provide for your family, or you may need 24/7 care to look after yourself. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and we’ll take all this into account. Our expert personal injury advisors are here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice, and because our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, you have nothing to lose by picking up the phone and getting in touch with us today.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen