Although the construction industry can be seen as a dangerous place to work, building sites have strict health and safety policies which they must abide by to ensure the safety of anyone on-site. This includes workers and visitors to the site. Everyone must be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as a preventative measure in case of an accident. This may include hard hats, safety boots, breathing equipment if exposed to hazardous materials and high visibility vests to ensure workers are seen easily by those operating moving machinery.
Diggers are commonly found on construction sites meaning that someone must be trained to operate the machine. The workers surrounding must keep a safe distance and ensure they have their PPE on to avoid a digger injury. Training is usually provided by management at the site or at the company workers are employed by as all workplaces have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their employees. However, accidents have the potential to occur, particularly when someone has failed in their duty of care.
Duty of care and digger accidents
A digger injury may occur if an operator is not trained to use the machine or if someone has failed to carry out regular inspections. Workers have a certain amount of responsibility for their own safety and must follow any training to the best of their ability. However, when training is not provided, the responsibility for any injury or accident involving this type of machinery lies with the construction company. Digger accidents could cause a fatality due to their size, weight and sharp edges so health and safety should take priority when these machines are in use. Should you suffer an accident or injury and there is evidence of negligence, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Making your accident at work claim
If there has been a fatality involving a family member on a construction site, you can make a claim for any losses you have had to cope with. You can also claim for yourself if you are a worker that has been involved in an accident that was someone else’s fault. Should you wish to seek no-obligation advice, contact Accident Advice Helpline. You can fill out a quick claim form on our website or you can speak to our team via our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500. We believe in integrity, reliability, accountability and dependability, so you will be in safe hands if you choose to make your claim with us.
Date Published: July 23, 2014
Author: David Brown