Given the nature of the work and machinery involved, it’s of little surprise that construction commonly troubles the upper echelons of lists compiling industries which see the most accidents occurring. Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal that while construction accounts for only 5% of employees in Britain, construction site accidents make up for 22% of fatalities and 10% of reported major industries on average each year.
Since the advent of elevators and cranes in the early 20th century as part of the larger second industrial revolution, building projects have grown in both ambition and scale. While stringent health and safety measures are now in place, accidents on site still happen.
Pitfalls of the construction site
Some accidents are a direct consequence of shortcuts being taken to finish a task. The construction industry is an extremely competitive one, and the pressure of looming deadlines and the associated costs of overrunning and failing to keep promises can lead to risks being taken. Sadly these risks are often miscalculated and the consequences serious.
Hard hats are far from a fashion accessory. They, and a host of other protective measures, are an absolute necessity. A large number of construction site accidents are caused by falling debris. Other accidents at work occur as a result of slips, trips and falls.
Making a compensation claim
If you have been involved in any kind of construction site accidents, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation if the accident in question was not your fault. Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to find out more information. Alternatively, you can use the 30-second test on our website to find out if you are eligible to claim, and how much your claim could potentially be worth.
Date Published: November 15, 2013
Author: David Brown