Building sites can be hazardous places, and given the nature of the work being undertaken, members of the public can occasionally be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is important for areas where dangerous work going on to be cordoned-off.
Construction workers not only have the benefit of wearing the appropriate safety equipment – hard hats and boots at the very least – but they should also be aware of potentially lethal areas within a site, such as places where machinery is operating, or where heavy items are being lifted over the ground.
Where renovation work is being done, then large pieces of architecture, such as walls or roofs, might need to be collapsed. If entire buildings are being razed to the ground, then the area in question has to be completely cordoned off. Even then the results of using controlled explosions during demolition can be unpredictable There have been several cases of crowds gathering to observe falling building work, only for large shards of debris to fly beyond the designated area and impact the passers-by. This has also been the case in other instances, such as loose slates or bolts tumbling from construction areas onto street level.
How dangerous is falling building work?
Stringent health and safety regulations dictate that the answer to that question should be that it is not dangerous. However, where human error is factored into the equation, there is never going to be 100% safety. When a building falls, either during a partial or complete demolition, there is always going to be a lot of material being drawn to the ground by gravity, some much heavier than others. Risk assessments should have been made in the first instance, in order to anticipate any areas where there will be an impact to anyone in the background of the falling building.
Have you considered receiving some no-obligation advice?
Industrial accidents can have long-term effects on anyone’s ability to get back into gainful employment. But a cushion to the financial hardships entailed might be an award of compensation. If you think that you might have cause to make a claim, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline by phoning our free number, 0800 689 0500.
We can pass your case onto one of our professional compensation claim lawyers at AAH, who will look into the evidence to consider whether there is any negligence involved, which could help towards a claim.