Introducing construction site accidents
The vast majority of accidents at work, particularly in the construction industry, are the result of negligence. Sometimes, the pressure of looming deadlines can lead to shortcuts being sought and risks being taken. On other occasions, faulty machinery and managerial oversights can have catastrophic consequences.
How the above video doesn’t end in a serious work accident is down to little more than pure luck. The clutch on the concrete buffer has become stuck, meaning they cannot turn the machine off. With commentary from nearby office workers and what sounds like Mutley from Wacky Races, just about everyone has a go at stopping the whirling dervish before they finally, and dangerously, succeed.
Common construction site accidents
As you’d expect, machinery accounts for a large portion of work accident claims in the construction industry. A faulty crane, careless forklift driver and insufficiently strong machines are just some of the factors that ‘helped’ cause a total of 74,000 accident at work cases within construction in 2011/12 according to the Health and Safety Executive.
Potential claims in the YouTube video
It’s difficult to see where the potential for a work accident claim lies in the above video. It’s hard to imagine that ‘chuck some water on it’ ‘poke it with a large stick’ and ‘wrap it in tarpaulin’ were instructions handed down from management which means it’s unlikely they have been informed as the workers seek a quick resolution.
Of course, if they did know what was going on, or if they had hired a faulty concrete buffer without performing sufficient inspections and tests, then they are liable and work accident compensation would have been due had the workers not been so fortunate. The fault would have been with whoever caused the accident or whoever told them to do it.
Assessing blame is a key part of the accident claims process and, fortunately for victims, expert help is at hand. A quick go on the claims calculator on Accident Advice Helpline’s website will help establish whether you have a case and from then on a professional adviser on the end of their freephone helpline can help you every step of the way.
With over ten years’ experience within the field of work accident claims, they can usually process your entire claim over the telephone without the stress and pressure of a court appearance, all on a ‘no win, no fee*’* basis. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: October 24, 2013
Author: David Brown