Building sites are often dangerous places to work, particularly renovation building sites where work is being carried out on a building that is considered potentially unsafe or maybe even dangerous.
When carrying out renovations there is massive potential for building renovation accidents to occur, with workers using lots of powerful machinery and equipment, and lots of people working on site.
At Accident Advice Helpline we have seen plenty of claims coming from those who have been involved in a building renovation accident and are looking to claim compensation for their injuries. The types of injury we see greatly vary; however, the more severe injuries are usually in receipt of a higher compensation amount at the end of the claim.
To help more people to claim the compensation that deserve, we offer a no win, no fee service with no upfront costs, this gives our customers peace of mind that if their claim is not successful; we will not charge them anything.
Causes of accidents of a building renovation site
Building renovation accidents are unfortunately quite common, as are the causes for these types of accident. The cause of these types of accident is sometimes the result of the workers themselves.
Workers can cause accidents by behaving irresponsibly, by not using equipment and machinery properly and/or not wearing the correct safety and protective clothing given to them.
If you have been involved in an accident caused by your own actions it is unlikely you will be able to make a claim. However, if the accident was caused by the operators of the building site or those in charge of site safety and your injuries could have been prevented, it is much more likely you will be able to claim compensation.
Ways the company could be responsible for the accident include not providing staff with protective clothing, not training staff on how to use equipment and machinery, not ensuring staff members are all skilled builders, not maintaining equipment and machinery meaning it becomes defective.
Prevention of accidents
Fortunately, pretty much all of these types of building renovation accidents can be avoided, if the operators of the building site ensure health and safety regulations are all abided by. To prevent these types of accident the owners of the building company should:
- Regularly check all machinery and equipment to ensure it is in full working condition, maintaining these where necessary
- Regularly checking protective and safety clothing to ensure it protects as it should, ensuring every worker has the protective equipment they need and they understand the importance of wearing it properly
- Ensuring all workers are skilled in the trade and have been given full training on how to use machinery and equipment. This includes making sure they have read the user manual of any equipment or machinery and understand it, and that this manual is available for reference should any staff members require it
Beginning your claim couldn’t be easier, call our 24-hour free phone line on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you can make a claim or how much you could be owed.
Date Published: June 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen