Despite the fact that the number of accidents at work in the construction industry has decreased year on year for the last decade, construction remains one of the most dangerous occupations.
The latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that although the construction industry employs only 5 per cent of the UK workforce, it accounts for more than 20 per cent of fatalities in the workplace. If you’ve suffered injuries or illness as a result of an accident at work, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to get you the compensation you deserve.
Accidents in the workplace: crane accident
Cranes play an important role in the construction of large buildings and thousands are employed every day across the country on building sites, oil rigs and mines. Crane accidents are rare, but when they happen they often have serious consequences. On average, one person dies as a direct result of a crane accident every year in the UK.
Types of crane accident
There are many things that can go wrong when operating a crane; the most common types of accident include:
- collision with overhead power lines
- faults with the mechanisms that control the crane
- human error in controlling the crane
- human error during the assembly and manufacturing processes
- accidents occurring when climbing up to and out of the crane cab
- errors in the signalling processes, which are used to direct the crane
Collisions with power lines
Additional safety measures must be taken when a crane is in operation close to overhead power lines. Contact with a power line or even coming close to a power line may result in death. Employers have a responsibility to adhere to strict health and safety guidelines when operating in potentially dangerous situations. Crane drivers should have the relevant training and expertise, and risk assessments should be carried out to ascertain whether a task is viable.
Where possible, power lines should be avoided. In cases where it is essential to work near to an overhead power line, steps must be taken to reduce the risk of injury at work and protect members of staff.
Making a work accident claim
If you’ve been injured at work and it wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible for compensation. Compensation payouts help to cover the cost of taking time off work and provide a financial cushion, which may come in useful if you are unable to work in the future.
Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people to clam work accident compensation for more than thirteen years and their legal team has expertise in a number of areas, from road traffic accident claims to slip, trip, and fall compensation. Visit their website today to complete a simple 30 second test to see if you have a case worth pursuing.