The building industry is known to be among the high-risk industries in terms of accident statistics. The good news is figures for accidents and fatalities have been dropping steadily over the last couple of decades.
However there is still work to be done, as current statistics show. According to the Health and Safety Executive only 5% of the workforce works in construction. However 31% of all fatalities across the entire workforce are caused in the construction industry.
Building industry accidents can occur in a variety of different ways. The numerous tasks that need to be done in this industry can potentially mean there are many hazards present. For example, a lack of training in the areas concerned could be dangerous.
In other situations people may use the wrong equipment or equipment that is not fit for the task if it has not been maintained. Falling from a height may account for some other accidents that have occurred.
The use of health and safety processes and procedures in this industry cannot be underestimated. Its importance is paramount in ensuring people are kept safe, no matter what type of construction role they take on.
For example people will be far safer whenever their employers take every conceivable step to ensure the workplace is safe for all who work there. Building industry accidents tend to occur whenever health and safety laws have not been properly followed.
Accident Advice Helpline knows this only too well. There have been occasions where people have got in touch with us having suffered some kind of accident at work. We can assess the circumstances and the evidence to determine whether negligence lies at the bottom of what happened.
Reducing injuries in the workplace
Not all injuries are serious or have life-changing outcomes. However those that do can profoundly affect the people involved.
A serious injury might prevent a person from working again. It may lead to money worries and other changes to a person’s life. If it could have been prevented it can be even harder to come to terms with.
The key thing to remember if you have been involved in an accident on a building site in the last three years is to call Accident Advice Helpline.
We operate a free enquiry line at 0800 689 0500 that is available 24/7. If you call us we can determine whether there is a chance you could make a no win, no fee claim.
Date Published: July 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen