In recent news, David Cameron mentioned over 150,000 jobs for construction workers could be created due to the government’s proposed investment of £36 billion in the country’s infrastructure. Whilst this is good news for those working in the industry, the increase in work volumes could also lead to an increase in the number of accidents. At the moment, figures for injuries and fatalities in the industry is fairly low and has been throughout the recession. Between 2012 and 2013, 39 employees in the industry died following a construction accident at work.
Over the past few years, the average number of accidents has dropped, but it’s estimated that around 36,400 new workers will be needed annually to fill the skills gap in the sector – this could lead to a rising number of accidents. Stephen Ratcliffe, Director of the UK Contractors’ Group (UKCG), has highlighted the necessity for firms not to ‘cut corners’ and focus on employing skilled workers, providing proper health and safety training to ensure that the number of accidents does not increase. Obviously a rise in the number of accidents at work in the industry could lead to an increase in compensation claims.
Claiming compensation for a construction accident
The construction industry can be a dangerous industry to work in. It is an employer’s duty to keep their staff safe – this includes providing proper training, ensuring equipment is safe to use and providing employees with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) where necessary. Here are a few examples of the types of accidents which have the potential to occur on a construction site:
- Injured by faulty machinery
- Conditions such as industrial deafness or Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) from using vibrating equipment
- Lacerations, cuts and bruises
- Loss of limb or severe injuries caused by equipment
- Fall from height
- Struck by objects falling from height
How we can help
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have dealt with hundreds of claims for workplace accidents, so if you have been injured whilst working in the construction industry, contact us today for confidential, no-obligation advice. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so if you have had time off work and are suffering from loss of earnings, there’s no need to worry about extortionate upfront fees. Call us today and we’ll be able to tell you straight away whether your claim is viable – we’ll gather evidence in support of your claim and work to get you the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown