Those who work in the construction industry are at risk of injury due to the type of work that they do and the construction tools that they have to use. An employer is legally obliged to make sure that every employee is safe at work. This means having the right safety procedures in place and ensuring that every member of staff is fully trained. If anyone receives an injury as the result of not having received the right training, or because of a lack of health and safety measures, there may be grounds to claim for compensation.
Your employer should keep records of any training that has been given. It is worth noting that there is certain training which needs to be renewed every few years. Manual handling training, for example, should be done every couple of years in order to remind workers of the risks associated with lifting and carrying items. This will teach them how to do it properly and prevent the possibility of injury occurring. The same applies when using construction tools. Each member of staff that has to use a particular piece of equipment should undergo full training on it. If the equipment is updated at any time, the training should be carried out again to make sure that staff members are aware of any differences in the equipment.
Employers should also make sure that no-one is left on their own to do a job that is for two people. Risk assessments are an essential part of health and safety in the construction workplace and will guide the employer and the employees as to how each task should be approached.
Construction sites can be dangerous places and an accident is always a possibility. If an incident occurs it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Even if the injury seems slight, it is a good idea to get it checked out as there is no way of knowing how it will affect you in the future. It is also important to get medical advice immediately if you have suffered a bang on the head. Keep a note of the details of your visits to the doctor and, if there have been any costs involved, you should keep the receipts as you may be able to claim this expense back at a later date.
Generally speaking there are usually plenty of people working on a construction site so there are often witnesses to accidents. If you are involved in an accident on a construction site then get details of the witnesses as they may be able to help you with a claim later on.
If you are in a position where you need to consider making a claim for compensation then Accident Advice Helpline can guide you in the right direction. The solicitors dealing with claims are experts and work on a ‘no win, no fee’* basis. By giving all the details of the incident they will be able to determine if you have the grounds to make a claim and advise you on how best to proceed.
Date Published: September 25, 2013
Author: David Brown