The construction union UCATT has revealed the details of research into the construction industry during the past year, from 2013 to 2014. According to their information a total of five construction workers died in Scotland in that period of time. This number of Scottish construction deaths is the same level as it was for the previous 12 months.
Perhaps not surprisingly the construction industry remains at the top of the charts with regard to deaths occurring in various industries across the UK. During the period from 2013/14 nearly a third of all workplace deaths occurred in this industry alone.
While it is simple to look at the figures for Scottish construction deaths – and indeed those in the whole of the UK – it should always be remembered that each death takes a person away from family and friends. The major concern voiced by UCATT is that the number of deaths in Scotland will increase, and this is not something anyone wants to see. Employers can do their part to reduce the odds of this happening by taking the necessary health and safety steps to ensure their workplace is always safe to be in and safe to work in. The Scottish construction workplaces are set to get busier and introduce a bigger chance of more potential accidents.
Is compensation warranted for construction deaths?
Every case is different. However an employer in any industry must ensure they keep their employees safe from harm and danger. They must ensure they follow their duty of care, carry out risk assessments and keep their workplaces safe to use for all their workers. Construction sites are particularly rife with risks. If you have suffered an injury while working on a construction site or a loved one has been killed or injured on site, you may have cause to claim compensation.
Make Accident Advice Helpline the place you come to for advice
It is heartening to know there are experts around who can assess your case and determine whether you can bring a no win, no fee* claim against those who could be held liable for an accident. If you know an accident was someone else’s fault you should contact Accident Advice Helpline now on our free 24/7 enquiry line – 0800 689 0500. When you have the assistance you need from our professional injury compensation lawyers you can move forward with your claim and get the constant ongoing support you will need.
Date Published: August 21, 2014
Author: David Brown