Building work can be very complex in some cases. Building a garden wall is one thing but building an entire house is quite another. However, in every case the building work to be done should be planned in detail before anything begins. Poorly-planned building work can lead to a greater danger of an accident occurring, and in such cases the builder or another individual could be severely injured.
Part of the planning process that should be taken on prior to any work beginning is the need to complete a risk assessment. This approaches the job to be done so any potential dangers or hazards can easily be identified. It is then much easier to consider how the job can be done safely.
How important is a risk assessment?
This is required as part of the health and safety laws. As such if an employer doesn’t perform a risk assessment, or they choose not to properly follow the findings of the assessment, they could be found negligent. This could occur even if no one is injured. If someone alerts the Health and Safety Executive to potentially dangerous practices the employer might find themselves in court over it.
Poorly-planned building work is potentially hazardous to those who are involved in it simply because there will be various hazards that could easily have been avoided. Injuries that might occur on a building site can range from minor ones to those that could be life-changing. As such it is imperative that employers do everything they can to keep their workers free from harm.
This is by far the best way to keep any building site, regardless of size, as safe as it can be. When employers take their responsibilities seriously in this area there is a good chance no accidents will ever happen.
Of course you may already know this isn’t always the case. If you suspect your employer did not do everything they could prior to your accident occurring, maybe it is time to call the team at Accident Advice Helpline. Our number is completely free to call on 0800 689 0500 and that one call could result in you making a compensation claim on a no win, no fee* basis. The only fee you’ll pay would be out of any compensation you are eventually able to win with our assistance. Doesn’t it make sense to call now?
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen