Demolition work is often carried out when buildings are in a state of disrepair and need to be knocked down in order to make way for new buildings. They could also be carried out on parts of larger structures, as part of a refurbishment programme. One of the most common causes of demolition work accidents is failure to carry out a proper structural survey of the property to be demolished.
The Health and Safety Executive state that a full structural survey should be carried out by a competent surveyor, before work commences. If you’ve been injured in a demolition accident at work, and you feel your employer hasn’t taken safety seriously, you could claim personal injury compensation, and Accident Advice Helpline could help you do it!
What kind of accidents could happen?
Demolition work accidents could occur due to a structural collapse – for example part of the building which is not being demolished could be affected by the demolition and could fall down. Or perhaps contractors have struck a connected gas pipe (services such as gas and electricity should be disconnected before demolition occurs) causing an explosion which could level not only the property being demolished but also neighbouring buildings. Structural collapses could lead to serious injuries such as crush injuries, head injuries and loss of limbs.
Scaffolding collapse is also a risk if there is a structural issue during a demolition, and collapsing scaffolding could injure not only workers using the scaffolding but also members of the public or workers on the ground below, who could be struck by falling tools, equipment and the scaffolding itself.
The claims process – how complicated is it?
There’s no need to lose sleep over making a claim for personal injury compensation – the key is to find a lawyer you can trust with experience handling personal injury claims. Accident Advice Helpline has been in business since 2000 and during that time we’ve helped hundreds of people claim compensation for accidents at work. If you’ve been injured whilst carrying out demolition work – whether you’ve suffered serious, life-changing injuries or minor injuries – we’re here to help you claim the compensation you deserve.
Call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 and you’ll discover the claims process is usually fairly straightforward, and it’s unlikely you’ll need to attend court. We operate on a 100% no win, no fee* basis too, so there are no expensive legal fees to worry about upfront.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen