Construction accidents are quite commonplace. Thousands of construction site workers are injured on building sites annually in the UK alone. While this may not come as a shock – construction sites are, after all, some of the most dangerous places to work in the world – construction accidents should be avoided and prevented.
Construction and building site accidents come in many shapes and sizes, can be entirely unpredictable at times, and they can occur regardless of the safety measures and the precautions exercised. A few common types include:
Lack or insufficiency of proper safety procedures and guidelines.
Poor planning and layout of the construction site.
Defective tools, scaffolds, protective equipment and gear, or safety harnesses.
Exposure to chemicals and toxins on the site.
Roofs and holes not properly fenced off.
Slips, trips, and falls from gear, equipment and construction material just lying around.
The onus of ensuring the health and safety of all workers at a construction site is upon the employer. They are required by law to provide appropriate protective gear and equipment – such as hard hats, gloves, and steel-toed boots – develop and implement precautionary procedures and guidelines for safety, and conduct subsequent training sessions to ensure all workers are aware of the safety measures in place.
If you have been unfortunate enough to be involved in a construction accident, you might be eligible for a compensation claim, if it can be demonstrated that your employer was negligent in fulfilling their duties. The first thing you should do if you have been involved in a construction accident, and if you think you are eligible for a compensation claim, is to contact an experienced and professional solicitor to help you with the claim process
The solicitor can evaluate your claim and determine how successful or otherwise it would be. In order to help them assess the situation accurately, try to provide them with as much information about the incident as you can. Give them the details, as accurately as possible, of what happened, where and how the accident took place, and the injuries you sustained. Document your personal injuries as they can be an important piece of evidence, and keep a detailed record of all medical bills and expenses.
If you are unsure about the eligibility of your claim, or how to go about filing one, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. We can evaluate your claim, guide you about the process, estimate the worth of your compensation, provide you with all the information you require, and help you get the compensation and rehabilitation support that you deserve.
If you have been unfortunate enough to be involved in a construction accident that was not entirely your fault and have suffered personal injuries and/or financial losses, Accident Advice Helpline can help you make a successful claim for injury compensation. Call today on 0800 689 0500 and seek advice from one of our experienced solicitors.
Date Published: January 5, 2014
Author: David Brown