We see signs outside building sites that warn us they are not to be used as playgrounds. They seem very attractive to children, of course, and it is easy to see why. However, building sites can potentially be dangerous for adults too – even to those who work on them and are aware of all the safety measures in place.
Building sites can be potentially dangerous, but providing all the health and safety laws and rules are followed, they should not cause any problems. It is important for the employer to undertake appropriate risk assessments for all procedures to be completed on the site. This will help everyone concerned remain safe at all times.
What to do when you are hurt on a building site
The first step is to get medical treatment if possible. There should be someone trained in first aid, but even then, it might be necessary to seek further treatment at hospital. It all depends on the nature of your injury and how severe it is.
Furthermore, you should gather evidence of what happened, which could include anyone who saw the incident occur. It is not enough for you not to be guilty of causing the accident; if you are to stand a chance of claiming compensation, you must be able to prove someone else was responsible. For instance, while cases like this are rare, sometimes an employer is negligent and did not perform their duties in relation to health and safety laws.
How can an injury affect your life?
It can affect it in all kinds of ways. For example, you might be injured in a way that prevents you from going back to the job you were doing at the time. In serious cases, some people are injured so badly they cannot go back to the person they were before. Instances where paralysis or brain damage occurs are good examples of this.
In every cases, however, regardless of the severity of the incident, you have a right to seek no-obligation legal advice if you are thinking of making a compensation claim. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 today and find out if we could help you make a no win, no fee claim for the injuries you suffered at work on a building site. You may have a better chance than you think of winning.
Date Published: February 16, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead