Construction sites are dangerous places – or they can be if the right measures have not been put into place. All employers are obliged to make sure that their workplaces are safe for their staff and that there are no unnecessary risks being taken. Construction site accidents do happen though, and if it is the fault of another person, you have the right to make a claim for compensation.
Construction site accidents can leave workers without pay as they need to take time off to recover, or it could mean that they are not able to do the same job again. Nobody should feel guilty about making a claim. All construction sites need to be insured to cover for this type of eventuality so the costs will be claimed from the company’s insurance. You never need to worry, therefore, that an individual will need to pay out personally for a construction site accident claim.
At the time of the accident it is important to gather as much information as possible as this will be needed for the claim later on. Medical attention should always be sought, even if you think that the injury is minor, as even small injuries can lead to other complications. A bang on the head should always be treated as serious and this will require medical attention immediately. The construction site should have first aiders who are on hand to help in the event of an accident.
If there are witnesses to the accident then it is a good idea to get their details. The construction site management should be gathering their details anyway as they should be producing an internal report, but it is a good idea for you also to have this information. Note down all the details of the accident such as time, location and exactly what happened, as all of this is very important. If possible, get some photographs of the accident scene and the equipment that was being used at the time.
In some cases an accident may have occurred as the result of not having had proper training. If you are expected to operate a piece of equipment, your employer has a responsibility to ensure that you know how to use it safely. Adequate training must be provided, or the employer is liable for any accident or incident that occurs as a result. They are also obliged to keep adequate training records for all members of staff that work there.
It can be daunting to make a claim against an employer, but by using a specialist claims service it can make the whole process easier. Speaking to a representative at Accident Advice Helpline is a good start. We can take down all the details of the accident and connect you with a solicitor that specialises in this type of claim. They will be able to advise you on the information that is needed and how best to proceed with the claim. It costs nothing to find out if you have the right to make a claim, and it could make a big difference to you in the future.
Date Published: September 25, 2013
Author: David Brown