Working on a building site can be dangerous, it’s true. But with the proper health and safety precautions in place, the risk of being injured or even killed in an accident at work can be reduced. You don’t even need to be working on a building site to be injured – perhaps you’re visiting your partner, bringing them lunch or picking them up after a busy day. Injuries you could sustain on a building site can range from minor injuries such as bruises and cuts to serious, life-changing injuries which could make it impossible for you to return to work.
Working on a building site is such a physical job that you need to be physically fit and in good health. An injury could put you out of work, affecting you and your family financially. It’s not all doom and gloom though – provided it’s been three years or less since your accident, you could find yourself eligible to claim personal injury compensation with Accident Advice Helpline.
Building site injuries – be careful!
Sometimes no matter how careful you are, you’re injured as a result of somebody else’s negligence – for example a negligent employer or colleague at work could lead to your injury. Building site injuries could include:
- Falls from height, for example falling from scaffolding or through a rooflight, leading to spinal, neck and head injuries, crush injuries and broken bones
- Injuries caused by faulty equipment, such as a faulty drill or cement mixer. You could receive an electric shock or even lose a limb in a cement mixer accident
- Injuries caused by objects falling from height – for example tools or equipment falling from scaffolding could strike somebody below, causing head or spinal injuries
- Crush injuries to your feet or legs caused by being run over by an industrial vehicle such as a digger or forklift truck
- Slip or trip injuries from tripping on equipment left lying around or slipping on a wet floor in the site office
Negligent employers could be held liable
Your employer should provide you – and any site visitors – with safety equipment (personal protective equipment) to ensure you’re safe at work, as well as training to carry out your job safely. For example, you should wear safety boots and a hard hat whilst working on a building site, and use harnesses when working at height. If your employer has failed to keep you safe at work, give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you could make a claim for compensation on a 100% no win, no fee basis.
Date Published: March 29, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton