Building sites are notorious for accidents and are also well known as extremely dangerous places to work. Not only are they very busy with people milling around, but building sites can also be places where heavy and large materials are being used and there is often dangerous equipment on site.
There may also be working conditions which contribute to the level of danger, such as having poor lighting; noise pollution and dusty areas that make visibility poor. As a result of this many accidents occur in building sites, many of which may have been avoided had better health and safety procedures been used by the company responsible for the building site.
Compensation for injuries
If you were involved in an accident that was not your fault and received building site crush injuries as a result, then you may be eligible to claim. Such injuries may have been caused by heavy goods shifting suddenly and pinning a workman against something hard; also, when heavy machinery and vehicles such as bulldozers and JCBs are being used, this also increases the likelihood of an accident happening if health and safety has not been followed properly.
Preventing building site crush injuries
It is the responsibility of the company who runs the building site to make sure the site, machinery and equipment are all completely safe, failure to do so may mean they are liable in the event of someone being injured.
Most causes of this kind of accident are either due to the failings of the company or are a result of a worker acting irresponsibly and recklessly. Here are some ways to help prevent building crush site injuries:
- Make sure all equipment and machinery is well maintained and fully operational, check equipment regularly and get rid of anything that is too old or not working correctly
- Ensure all workers are trained on how to use the machinery, make sure they read and understand the operating manual and have this to hand to check anything they are unsure of
- Try to keep the site as clutter free as possible, remove obstructions and have only essential workers on site
- Try to improve working conditions i.e. install better lighting so workers can see what they are doing, provide goggles so they can still see in a dusty environment and provide noise cancelling ear protectors
- Set rules and guidelines in place telling your workers how to behave and what serious accidents could be caused by any reckless or immature behaviour
To start your claim today, see how much you could be owed or to begin your claim process, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: October 24, 2015
Author: Rob Steen