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    Introducing construction site accidents

    Construction site work is risky by its very nature. The combination of heavy materials, giant machinery and large-scale projects means that the threat of a major accident at work is one that always looms large. Like so many facets of modern life now taken for granted, the development of the construction industry as a whole owes a large debt of gratitude to the Industrial Revolution.

    The development of automated tools and machinery in particular saw the speed and size of development increase rapidly while the second industrial revolution at the start of the 20th century saw the arrival of elevators and cranes, which led to the building of high-rises and skyscrapers.

    Common construction site accidents

    Though building codes have been in place since the 19th century and protective equipment such as hard hats were brought in in the early 20th century, construction site accidents are an all too frequent and dangerous occurrence.

    Though only approximately 5% of employed people in Britain work in the construction industry, it accounted for 10 % of injuries at work and 22% of fatal work accidents in 2011-2012.

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    Quite clearly, the owner of the crushed car, presumably the nonplussed looking man in a shirt and tie who appears on the roof after 43 seconds, has a case for accident compensation.

    • Assessing fault
      A number of people could be to blame here. Firstly, there are those who ordered the action in the first place. Moving the pile up onto the roof looked like a risky manoeuvre from the start and has the air of people looking to take a short cut without proper risk assessments. There’s also whoever was responsible for loading up the cargo, as it was either too much or insufficiently secured. Furthermore, whoever is operating the crane needs to be able to show they were doing so responsibly and carefully. Running away, as shown at 31 seconds, does none of these things.
    • Claim potential
      Accident claims can be complicated but this particular case seems pretty cut and dry. The workers have been careless and have crushed someone’s car as a result. Only good fortune prevented the man on the pavement from sustaining a serious construction site injury while the hasty exit of the driver basically confirms their guilt in terms of making a dangerous mistake. The potential for a successful claim is strong.

    Date Published: October 24, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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