A national survey carried out by cash plan provider Sovereign Health Care has revealed that almost 60% of construction workers are misinformed when it comes to how much support their employers should provide in the event of construction injuries. Most workers believe their employers must have liability insurance in place to pay their medical benefits and salaries if they suffer construction injuries. In fact, such cover isn’t compulsory for UK employers.
48% of those who responded believed their employer provided ‘adequate cover’ for their medical bills if they suffered construction injuries or illness at work, whilst 21% didn’t feel this was the case. 40% of those who responded had no private medical insurance or plan in place, with over 25% confirming they did not have personal accident cover.
The government is encouraging employers to provide more support for their workers well-being by signing up to the Workplace Wellbeing Charter. With 584,000 working days lost in the industry due to injury from 2011-2012, employers should provide more support.
Have you been injured whilst working in the construction industry?
Whilst it’s true that working in construction can be a dangerous job, your employer has a duty to protect you whilst you’re at work. But what does this mean?
- Equipment should be regularly inspected and well-maintained
- PPE should be provided where necessary
- Health and safety procedures should be put in place to protect employees
- All staff should receive training to prevent accidents
- Machinery should have guards in place to prevent injury
- Working conditions should be free of trip-hazards and kept clean and tidy
If you have been injured, you may be eligible to claim compensation if it can be proven that your employer was negligent. If an employer fails to meet their responsibilities, this could be deemed as negligence.
How Accident Advice Helpline can help you
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Why not call us today to see how we can help you? We offer confidential, no-obligation advice, so if you have any questions about the claims process, just give us a call on our freephone helpline – 0800 689 0500.