Construction sites carry a high risk of injury by construction accidents. Typical injuries include falls from heights, being hit by moving vehicles, crushing by falling items, electrocution and exposure to toxic substances or noise levels leading to long-term conditions like cancer, industrial deafness and so on. Many of these construction accidents lead to serious, disabling or even fatal injuries.
Preventing accidents at work
Employers have the legal responsibility to ensure their workers are kept safe and well within their working environment. This includes preventing construction accidents by providing adequate training in the use of machinery, providing protective gear and ensuring workers know how to use it correctly, as well as ensuring safety procedures are in place and fully understood by workers. In addition, risk assessments must be carried out in order to ensure potential risks are detected and adequately dealt with.
Employees’ role in preventing construction accidents
Employees must use equipment in accordance with their training and follow safety procedures as directed. Necessary protective gear should be worn as and when required and in accordance with provided instructions. Potential risks should be reported to the relevant authority within the place of work immediately in order to prevent injuries through workplace accidents.
Image claim potential
In the image, one worker is sitting on a beam jutting out from a building without any kind of safety harness, in spite of the obvious height he is working at. Another worker is falling behind him.
Assessing responsibility – If these workers were not provided with the necessary gear to protect them against falls, their employer can be held liable for the injuries or death of the falling worker.
Claim potential – If the worker survives the fall, he will be able to claim for construction accident injury against his employer. If his injuries are fatal, his family will be able to claim for compensation.
Claiming against injury at work
If you suffered a construction accident injury through no fault of your own, Accident Advice Helpline will be able to assist you in your claim for injury compensation. Friendly advisers able to quickly assess whether you have a claim against your employer are available via the company’s 24 hour free-phone number on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Your call will be dealt with in a helpful, confidential manner and, if you qualify for a claim, a legal professional specialising in construction work accidents will be assigned to deal with your case. All claims are dealt with on a ‘no win, no fee* basis’.
Date Published: October 25, 2013
Author: David Brown