The construction industry is a dangerous place to work which is why there are various regulations that workers and managers must abide by. There are also a number of safety procedures that must be followed by everyone working or visiting a building site to ensure that an accident does not occur.
Safety boots are considered a piece of Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, and are recommended by the Health and Safety Initiative to anyone working near heavy machinery, moving machinery or dangerous and heavy materials such as those found on building sites. Diggers, cherry pickers and various other machines are often used which means that there is a risk of injury to those in their immediate vicinity. Heavy materials such as bricks and concrete are around and could potentially fall on someone’s foot. The use of safety boots helps to reduce the risk of injury to the feet from falling objects or from moving machinery.
The use of safety boots and the risk of injury
Injuries can be sustained if workers are not adequately trained to use the correct PPE. Safety boots are often just a part of the PPE used in building sites; hard hats and high-visibility vests are also required. Everyone who enters a site must be given this equipment for their own protection and management are responsible for keeping everyone safe to the best of their ability. If they do not explain to workers or visitors the importance of wearing PPE on a building site, they are failing in their duty of care. Injuries without proper footwear may include breaks, fractures and even loss of a toe or the foot itself. If you have been injured because of a failure to provide safety boots, you may be entitled to compensation.
Accident at work compensation
Accident Advice Helpline has a nationwide team of solicitors to help the victims of accidents at work claim compensation when someone else was negligent. If there is evidence of negligence and there is a failure to keep you safe at work in any way, we may be able to win you a cash payout to help you cope with any injury sustained. Our helpline is free to call on 0800 689 0500 or you can take our 30-second online test to determine how successful your claim is likely to be. Our team are experts in accident at work cases, therefore you will be in safe hands.