Working on a building site means you might work in all weathers. It also means you could end up working in a variety of circumstances. For example you could be on ground level, perhaps building a wall or working on the electrical system being installed in a new building. On the other hand you could be working at height, perhaps building the upper levels of a wall or even constructing a roof, depending on your particular skills and job description.
Most of us are aware that building sites can be potentially dangerous. The potential risks are usually managed very well indeed. However, falling on a building site is still something that might occasionally have the potential to happen to someone working there.
Examples of how this might happen
There could be situations in which you will be required to work at height. In this case your working situation must adhere to the regulations pertaining to this type of work. Your employer has a duty of care to ensure you can work safely and you are not at risk of falling on a building site.
However you can also potentially fall at ground level if you are in the right (or wrong, as it turns out) situation for this to happen. The ground on a building site is likely to be uneven in some instances.
If there are potential tripping hazards you could easily fall if you knock into or trip over one of them. The presence of vehicles and other workers on the site also means that any fall could be more serious than it may be in other situations.
Examples of injuries that might potentially occur
Obviously a fall from a height is going to be more serious than a fall at ground level. In these cases people have suffered serious head, neck or back injuries in some cases.
Even if they have recovered they may have been unable to go back to the job they were doing before. A fall at ground level might also lead to broken bones or other injuries that would keep someone off work for a period of time.
However you were injured in a fall at work, you should get in touch with the experts on 0800 689 0500 today to find out whether you can claim. Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you.
Date Published: August 12, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead