It is not uncommon to find ourselves having to bypass construction work at any time. As new buildings go up, or existing ones are renovated, building sites are a familiar feature of the modern landscape. All the activities that are undertaken in these areas are governed by strict health and safety guidelines, aimed at keeping workers safe, as well as pedestrians who happen to be in the vicinity. This is of vital importance, because much of the equipment used in construction does have the potential for causing significant injury.
It can be particularly debilitating to be injured by building work given the nature of the potential accidents. Cranes are constantly shifting around large objects such as concrete blocks or steel frames. If there is the slightest miscalculation on the part of the operator, there can be serious consequences. Loads that have not been secured properly, or an apparatus which has become fault or worn, can spill onto ground level. Scaffolding must be secure enough to accommodate teams of workers, but it relies on a man-made construction involving nuts and bolts – which have the capacity to become damaged through age.
What can the knock-on effects be?
Any company involved in construction has a legal obligation to ensure that its premises are kept accident-free, both for employees, and for the public at large. To achieve optimum levels of health and safety, there should be rigid health and safety rules in place, including the risk assessment to identify potentially hazardous areas. If you should happen to be injured by building work, the chances are probably fairly high that the issue of negligence lies with another party. If this is the case, then there could be an issue of a breach of health and safety.
One call to Accident Advice Helpline will set your mind at rest
Becoming involved in an industrial accident is extremely traumatic. What many people consider doing in the aftermath, if they feel there is an issue of negligence, is to investigate the possibility of pursuing a claim. Even if you are not 100% sure if you have the grounds for pursuing this, we can put you in touch with one of our professional compensation claims lawyers who will assess your situation and advise accordingly. You are under no obligation to proceed, but you have nothing to lose. So call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 so that we can pass on your details.
Date Published: February 19, 2015
Author: David Brown