Working in construction can be a dangerous job, and there are a number of hazards that construction workers face on site. Here are some of the most common:
- Falling from height
- Slips or trips
- Lifting heavy loads
- Injuries from hand tools
- Inhaling dust
- Exposure to dangerous substances
- Falling objects
- Vibrating tools or machinery
The principal contractor on site has a responsibility towards sub-contractors, and a full risk assessment should be carried out before work commences. Sub-contractors also have a responsibility to adhere to health and safety rules.
Staying safe on site
Whilst accidents do happen, construction workers can keep themselves safe on site by following the below tips:
- Always wear personal protective equipment (PPE) provided.
- Use ergonomically correct tools and take proper breaks to avoid Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- Avoid kneeling when working at low level as this can strain your waist and knees – sit on a low stool instead.
- Ensure the weight of your tool belt is evenly balanced to avoid throwing your body out of alignment.
- Use guardrail systems when working at height.
- Ensure ladders are properly maintained and checked and that the correct ladder is used for the job.
- Scaffolding should be erected and used properly – this could prevent an estimated 50 fatalities each year.
Construction sites will always have hazards for workers, but by being aware of your personal safety and following the above tips, you can reduce your risk of being involved in an accident at work.
What if an accident happens at work?
If you’re involved in an accident on a construction site, it’s important to work out who was to blame. It can be tempting to assign blame to others, but here at Accident Advice Helpline, we can help you to figure out if somebody else’s negligence was to blame for your accident and subsequent injury. If this turns out to be the case, you could be eligible to claim for compensation.
How we can help
With more than 13 years’ experience in the personal injury compensation industry, we’re experts at what we do, and we’ve helped dozens of construction workers claim for injuries sustained at work. Whether you’re suffering from HAVS or have permanent hearing damage from working without the right PPE, we can help. Our 100% no win, no fee service ensures you’ll keep more of your compensation, and because we’re backed by our patron Esther Rantzen, TV personality and UK consumer champion, you know we’re a reliable team of professionals.
Call us today on our freephone helpline – 0800 689 0500 – and see how we can assist you with your claim.
Date Published: December 22, 2013
Author: David Brown