Working in construction can be dangerous, but it doesn’t need to be that way. Working for a reputable company which takes health and safety seriously means you’ll be protected whilst carrying out your duties at work. On the other hand, if you work for a firm which is negligent and doesn’t care about the health and safety of its workers, you could find yourself involved in a workplace accident which could leave you seriously injured.
Demolition work injures hundreds of workers every year when things go wrong. Precautions can and should be taken to prevent accidents from happening, such as ensuring that scaffolding is erected by a competent individual and that a structural survey of the building is carried out before work starts. Workers on demolition sites may be able to claim personal injury compensation if they’ve been injured and their employer has been negligent – it’s worth contacting Accident Advice Helpline if this applies to you, but remember there’s a three-year time limit in place for personal injury claims.
Injuries caused by demolition accidents
If you’ve been hurt in a demolition accident, you may have suffered injuries from falling rubble after a structural collapse. Building collapses can cause serious, life-threatening injuries such as:
- Crush injuries (such as a punctured lung)
- Spinal injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries
You may be lucky enough to recover from your injuries from falling rubble quickly, or you may find you need time off work and a prolonged stay in hospital until you recover. In some instances, for example in the case of a brain injury, the individual will never recover fully from their injuries and their quality of life could be affected. A brain injury can affect your behaviour and mood, and you may need 24/7 care to remain independent, giving up your job and relying on others to look after you. We can help you claim the compensation you deserve if you believe more could have been done to prevent your accident, and our expert personal injury advisors are here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice.
Negligence at work
Negligent employers and site managers shouldn’t be allowed to get away with their lack of care for their employee’s safety, and we’re here to make sure you get the compensation you deserve after your accident. If you feel that your accident was caused by negligence, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and find out how we can help you claim compensation – it’s free to call.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen