Introducing construction site accidents
Ever wandered past a building or construction site and thought ‘blimey, that looks a little precarious.’? The chances are, you were right. As industries go, construction is one of the riskiest to work in. Accidents at work are common and, given the size and scale of the machinery and products involved, can often be extremely serious.
Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive show that construction accidents account for 10 per cent of all reported major injuries from 2011-2012. Ever since the introduction of machinated tools during the Industrial Revolution, followed by the arrival of cranes and elevators in the early 20th century, building and projects have increased in size. Accidents on building sites have followed suit.
Common construction site accidents
Work related injuries for those who work in construction are most commonly caused by slips or trips around the site or accidents because of faulty or incorrectly used machinery. Falling from heights is a major concern, particularly when working on scaffolding, while other problems may be unseen and may not develop until later in life.
Numerous accident at work compensation claims are made every year as a result of asbestos related illnesses following exposure to the toxic material while working on a building site. Breathing and skin problems can also be caused by cement rich in chromium.
Potential claims in the YouTube video
Given its reputation and track record of accidents at work, it’s little surprise that the construction industry is subject to stringent health and safety regulations in order to minimise risk and ensure the safety of workers. At 37 seconds in the above video, you’d have to question whether these laws have been followed.
- Assessing fault
In order for your work injury compensation claim to be successful, you’ll need to prove that your accident was the result of negligence from someone else. In this clip, the worker is clearly unaware that the surface gives way. There are no warning signs about the sudden dip nor any other protective measures in place. Were it not for his hard hat, this work accident could have been a lot worse.
- Claim potential
Providing the worker was not ignoring orders by using this route, then there is potential for a successful work accident claim. The conditions are perilous and there are no additional provisions to ensure safety. You’d question whether they should be working on the site at all.
Date Published: October 24, 2013
Author: David Brown