As industries go, construction is just about the most dangerous one you can work in in the United Kingdom. Its list of reported accidents at work is both long and varied.
As a matter of fact, while construction only accounts for just over 10% of the workforce of Britain, figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that it is responsible for over a quarter of reported injuries at work over the course of an average year.
Why am I more likely to suffer an injury at work in construction?
There are a number of factors that combine to make construction one of the most dangerous industries to work in.
These can often be heavy, sharp, rough or possess any number of other dangerous properties. Industrial spillages at work of corrosive substances, for example, can be extremely dangerous.
Working outdoors often means that the safety of the conditions are at the mercy of the weather. There is also often pressure on workers to get projects completed on time. When shortcuts are sought, safety suffers.
Accidents with faulty machinery are one of the biggest risks associated with this type of work. Of these machines, crane accidents are probably the number one concern.
Staying safe around a crane to avoid crane accidents
The number one concern of any employer should be the safety of their workers and the avoidance of construction site accidents.
When it comes to crane accidents, this means that they should be properly maintained and inspected before they are used. If any problems are discovered, under no circumstances should that crane be used.
Crane defects that lead to accidents will usually result in work accident compensation being sought, and so they should. After all, working with a crane is a risky enough business without having to do so with a tool that is ill-equipped for the job.
There are proper rules and regulations in place that deal with the inspection and maintenance of cranes and these should be followed to the letter.
If you think that you may have suffered an accident at work as a result of faulty machinery, then a quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can establish whether you have a claim for work injury compensation.
A compensation provider with many years of experience in these types of claims; they work on a no-win, no-fee* basis and are usually able to settle cases outside of court.
Date Published: November 24, 2013
Author: David Brown