Construction work can mean all kinds of things. It might mean a new house is being built, or possibly even an office building. It could refer to an extension or a new garage, or even a skyscraper. However the size of the construction project doesn’t matter. Every single construction project must still adhere to the health and safety laws that are in operation today.
Risky construction work doesn’t take place that often, thankfully. However, there have been extremely isolated cases where people have been injured when working on building sites that have not been safe to work at. There could also be the potential for members of the public to be injured if they happen to be in the area where risky construction work is going on.
Examples of construction work that is sub-standard
All construction work should be done with safety in mind. For example scaffolding should be erected to enable workers to safely reach the level they need to work at without risk of falling. Netting and other measures can also help restrict the chance of a fall from height occurring. Another example would be if the builders involved had little to no experience of building work, and had no qualifications. This might lead to them making potentially dangerous decisions about what to do.
Construction work can be potentially dangerous if the proper procedures are not followed. This is why every project begins with risk assessments and proper in-depth planning. All the best companies and businesses, no matter their size, will take on these processes to ensure the work is safe to do.
The worst-case scenario
The worst thing that might happen if risky work that is sub-standard was carried out would be for the building to collapse with people inside it. Even a partial collapse could be catastrophic and involve injuries for several people. In isolated circumstances there have been people who have lost their lives because health and safety rules were not followed by their employers. While such incidents are rare they are upsetting when they do happen.
If you are reading this because you’ve recently been injured on a building site, it might be worth talking to the experts at Accident Advice Helpline. We operate a free 24/7 enquiry line at 0800 689 0500 and you can get no-obligation advice if you give us a call. Don’t leave it too late.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen