Construction site accidents account, on average, for 10% of all reported major injuries at work over the course of a year. Even more alarmingly, it accounts for 22% of fatalities. These statistics, from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) make for tragic and alarming reading.
As an industry, construction really took off following the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. The development of steam engines made Britain a more connected place while mechanised tools further assisted industrial growth.
The second Industrial Revolution in the early part of the 20th Century saw the increased use of cranes as projects took on an altogether grander scale.
A high number of accidents at work on construction and building sites are caused by falling debris. Be it loose scaffolding poles, failing brickwork or people simply looking to take the quick route down, hard hats can prove to be invaluable.
Other common causes of workplace injuries include slips, trips and falls. A tidy yard is a safe yard, a loose cable, tools and other items can cause serious damage to both equipment and staff.
Finally, given the sheer size of the machinery often involved, it’s unsurprising to learn that accidents on construction sites often have serious consequences and work accident claims frequently involve substantial injuries. Instructions need to be crystal clear and followed to the letter in order to stay safe.
Potential claims in the image
While the image above may initially appear amusing in a slapstick kind of fashion, it’s precisely the sort of accident that can result in grave injury and significant work accident compensation. The picture is most likely a result of someone being misinformed or paying insufficient care and attention to what it is they are doing.
One of the most important parts of any work accident claim is establishing who was at fault for the incident occurring. If the forklift truck driver in this instance was given too much to lift, or had been misled or misinformed about their task, then they have a case for work accident compensation.
If it can be clearly proven that the accident is the result of negligence on behalf of others, then the person has a strong case to make.
Friendly, professional advice can be sought from Accident Advice Helpline, a law firm with over 10 years’ experience in dealing with these cases.
Date Published: November 15, 2013
Author: David Brown