Construction accident fatalities still occur at an alarming rate in the United Kingdom. If you have lost a family member in a construction accident, you may be entitled to make a claim. Accident Advice Helpline can assist you.
The construction industry in the UK
Construction output has increased again in the United Kingdom, which brings with it a greater number of people employed in the sector. Though the construction industry has managed to significantly reduce the rate of injuries and fatalities caused by construction accidents over the last 20 years, the figures are still staggering.
Though the construction industry only employs about 5% of Britain’s workforce, the total number of fatal injuries in this sector account for 22% of all fatal work injuries reported in the country. According to the Health and Safety Executive, the past year has seen the following statistics:
- 49 fatalities in construction accidents;
- 5,000 occupational cancer cases caused by past exposure to dangerous substances; and
- 1.7 million working days in construction lost to work-related ill health.
There are several factors that make construction work so high risk, including the reality that a lot of work is carried out at height. In fact, according to a report published by the Health and Safety Executive, falls accounted for 51% of all fatalities reported in the construction industry over the last year. Other construction accident fatality causes included workers being struck by falling objects, a collapse, workers being run over by moving vehicles, and electricity.
Construction accident fatality compensation claims
Construction involves a lot of high-risk work, and employers are required under UK law to ensure that all necessary measures are taken to ensure the highest safety standards are met for their workers. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and it is the workers who pay the price with their lives, leaving behind loved ones.
If you have lost a family member in a construction accident, you may be entitled to a compensation claim. Making a claim on behalf of a deceased relative may not be the first thing on your mind at such a difficult time, but sometimes the compensation received after a construction accident fatality is essential to pay for day-to-day living expenses.
How do I find out about a compensation claim?
Accident Advice Helpline have a 24-hour free hotline that you can call right now on 0800 689 0500 to find out whether you may be entitled to a construction accident claim. Our experienced staff will explain what information you will need to provide and how the claims process will work. Our solicitors work on a 100% no win no fee* basis, meaning that you will not have to pay anything to start your claim.
If you want an idea of what compensation you might be entitled to, you can also try our quick test at the top of the page. It only takes 30 seconds to find out how much your construction accident claim could be worth.
Date Published: October 12, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Construction accident claims