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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Top 3 injuries from falling off scaffolding


    The main injuries that arise from falling off scaffolding include broken bones, head injuries and neck injuries. If you have been hurt whilst working on scaffolding and it wasn’t your fault, we may well be able to assist you. The accident must have happened in the last three years and the blame must lie with….

    Safety tips for using a pillar drill


    Pillar drills are free-standing machines used to holes of varying diameters into metal, wood, plastic and other materials. Unless used safely, these machines can cause potentially serious accidents at work. Here are some tips on safely using a pillar drill. Potential causes of pillar drill accidents Pillar drills use motors to rotate drill bits. Injuries….

    Cement dust, the potential risks


    Cement dust is one of the most common causes of respiratory problems and other industrial illnesses. Even today, it poses a serious health risk to those working in construction and other labouring jobs. What are the main dangers of cement dust? The main danger of cement dust is its propensity to cause serious lung diseases…..

    Top 3 power tool accidents


    Whether you’re using power tools at home to do some DIY or you work in construction and you use tools on a daily basis, it’s wise to be wary of the risks involved. Although power tools can make life easier and enable us to do jobs much faster, they can also be dangerous. If you’re….

    Top injuries when using a tile cutter


    If you work in the construction industry, it’s likely that you’ll come across potentially dangerous tools on a daily basis. In almost all cases, skilled workers are able to go about their daily business without succumbing to injury, but there’s always a risk of injury when working with tools. If you’re using a tile cutter,….

    Can you carry asbestos on clothing?


    Can you carry asbestos on clothing? It’s a question well worth knowing the answer to, given the health problems caused by asbestos. It’s one of the main causes of asbestosis, one of the most serious work-related illnesses. Can you carry asbestos on clothing? In short, yes you can. This is not good news, especially for….

    Top 3 construction tools which cause injuries


    The construction industry is one of the most dangerous, with more employees involved in work accidents than in most other fields. If you work in construction, your employer should take the necessary steps to prevent injuries, such as ensuring that you have the relevant skills to operate construction tools which cause injuries. If you have….

    The need to safety check a construction site before starting work


    Did you know that there were 43 fatal accidents in the construction industry in the UK in 2015/2016? Statistically, construction is one of the most dangerous industries in which to work. If you spend your days on-site, you’ll be aware of the need to safety check a construction site before starting work. The need to….

    Dangers of not wearing eye protection on a construction site


    Wearing eye protection on a construction site is an essential part of staying safe at work. There are numerous potential dangers on a construction site. Following the safety, protocols help minimise them. Safety goggles fall into the category of Personal Protective Equipment. They are especially important to prevent getting injured on a construction site because….

    How crushing accidents on a construction site may occur


    Statistically, construction is one of the most dangerous industries in which you can work. If you’ve been injured on a building site, and you were not to blame, you may be able to claim compensation. Sometimes, it’s impossible to prevent incidents like crushing accidents on a construction site, but if you’ve been involved in an….

    Can you claim if you fall from a ladder at work?


    If you have had to climb a ladder at work before, it’s likely that you’ve been warned about the potential risks of getting injured. You may have been placed in danger unnecessarily resulting in a fall from a ladder at work. If you suffer injuries, you might eligible to claim compensation. You can claim from….

    Has new technology minimised construction site accidents?


    Accidents on construction sites often have serious, even fatal consequences. New technology designed to minimise the risk of such work accidents occurring is therefore continually being introduced, which is great in theory. The reality, though, can often be different: the question is has all this new technology minimised construction site accidents in practical terms? Has new….

    Common respiratory syndromes on construction sites


    Typically, when we think of accidents at work across the construction sector, we are inclined to recall falls from heights, strikes to the head or equipment-related injuries. That being said, respiratory syndromes are a very real risk for those who work on construction sites. We take a look at some of the most common respiratory….

    Harmful materials on building sites


    Construction work is classed as a high-risk occupation, especially due to the harmful materials on building sites. There are good reasons for this. To begin with, accidents at work on construction sites are not only fairly common, but can also cause potentially life-changing or fatal injuries. A simple work accident like a slip or trip, for instance, could result….

    What equipment should your workplace provide?


    If you work in the construction industry, you may be more likely to suffer accidents at work than other employees. If you spend your days on site, it’’s important to ask ‘what equipment should your workplace provide on a building site?’ If you’’ve been injured at work as a result of your employer not providing the….

    Scaffolding safety tips: Working on it and near it


    The following scaffolding safety tips focus on the prevention of accidents at work on and near scaffolding after erection. Detailed information on safely erecting scaffolding can be found at hse.org.uk and citbni.org.uk. Scaffolding safety tips: Preparation Before working on scaffolding, make sure that you are trained in all aspects of the required task, including: Safe….

    Most common building site injuries


    When it comes to accidents at work, building sites are among the most dangerous workplaces out there. If you work on a building site, there are many hazards to be wary of, including some of the most common building site injuries. If you are a builder and you’ve been injured at work and you were not….

    Personal safety when working on a building site


    Working on a building site exposes you to a great deal of risks. Accidents at work and work-related illnesses are comparatively common. Many injuries are fatal when working on a building site. This is particularly true of those caused by falls from height, explosions and fires, and incidents in which workers become trapped or struck….

    Being injured as a visitor on a construction site


    Construction sites are dangerous places to be, not just for those working on them, but also for visitors. As well as employee-related accidents, when you run a construction site, you need to be mindful of those who could be potentially injured as a visitor. The risk of being injured as a visitor Those visiting your….

    Should you be taught to use every single tool on a construction site?


    Construction is one of the most dangerous industries, according to the Health and Safety Executive. If you work on a construction site, it’’s important that you are aware of the risks associated with tasks you undertake in order to reduce the risk of accidents at work. A construction site may harbour all kinds of hazards and it’’s essential that….

    How dangerous is asbestos to your health?


    Asbestos is a material that was widely used in the 60s and 70s. It was considered to be a good substance as it was fireproof and shockproof and pretty much indestructible. However, the particles of asbestos can be very harmful to your health. The reason for this is that the particles have microscopic hooks on….

    5 potentially hazardous work-related vehicles


    Statistics from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work suggest that one in three fatal accidents at work involves a vehicle of some kind. Operating vehicles and driving carry a high risk of injury, especially in industries such as manufacturing, construction and agriculture. If you’ve sustained work-related injuries and you were not to….

    The five most common accidents on a building site


    Did you know the construction industry is one of the more dangerous ones you could work in? According to one report, it is the second most-dangerous industry to be in, after farming. This is perhaps not surprising, as there are many potential hazards on the average building site, no matter what size it is. We’re….

    Do you need to be given training to operate a forklift?


    According to workplacesafetyadvice.co.uk, it is believed that every year, around 8,000 accidents at work involving forklifts are reported. Many of these forklift accidents are serious and some result in fatalities. Common causes A great deal of forklift related accidents are caused by operator errors, lack of knowledge concerning equipment and/or the working environment and lack….

    Dangerous careers: Builders


    All jobs carry some degree of risk that when it comes to suffering an accident at work. However, some jobs are more dangerous than others. One such job where accidents at work occur more often is in construction. Why are builders more likely to sustain a work injury than others? There are several reasons why….

    Dangerous careers: Scaffolder


    Scaffolders are tasked with erecting platforms which ensure that other construction workers can safely reach the areas they need to work. It is an extremely dangerous career despite the stringent health and safety measures in place in order to prevent accidents at work. In this article, we take a closer look at the dangers of….

    Health and Safety equipment on a building site


    No matter the sector of employment, employers must always ensure that they take reasonable measures to protect the health and safety of their employees, and prevent accidents at work. In the construction sector, you can be working with specialist equipment on a building site, which presents unique hazards to workers that can cause work-related injury….

    Suffering hearing damage on the worksite


    Any job on construction sites comes hand-in-hand with working in close proximity to noisy tools and machinery. This equipment, necessary as it is to provide an effective and efficient job, is in fact one of the leading causes of hearing damage on the worksite. Accidents at work occur in all sectors, no one profession is….

    Accident hazards for baggage handlers


    Accidents at work occur in all trades and in all professions. They are dependent on the nature of your job role and, sadly, no position is truly exempt from the risk of suffering a work-related injury or illness. Working in an airport may seem like an interesting career, with many glamorous aspects, to the outsider,….

    Can you suffer inner ear problems on a construction site?


    At Accident Advice Helpline, we’ve been assisting our clients with claims for compensation in all areas of personal injury law for many years now. In that time, we have encountered countless claims for accidents at work, including hearing loss and inner ear problems. Many people worry that their job may contribute to hearing problems and….

    Five tips to avoid injury when welding


    Welding exposes workers to a series of potential hazards that could lead to more or less serious, even fatal accidents at work. Some of these hazards include sustaining injuries by: Electric shocks Exposure to gases and fumes Explosions and fires Slips, trips or falls Exposure to excessive noise Employers have a duty to prevent work….

    How to avoid ladder injuries around the home


    If you’re using a ladder at work or to do DIY or maintenance tasks at home, it’s important to adopt the relevant health and safety measures to prevent accidents at work and injuries at home. Ladders make a host of tasks simpler and quicker, but there are risks involved. Here are some tips to help….

    What are the most common injuries when mixing concrete?


    No matter the industry you work in, all employees are at risk of experiencing accidents at work, varying in severity. While some roles, such as office-related positions, are typically subject to work-related accidents such as slips, trips and falls, labourers can face more severe occupational hazards, such as those that lead to concrete-related illness and….

    The danger of working with power tools


    Each job has its own risk of a work injury but some have much bigger risks of a more serious accident at work. If working with power tools is part of your role you will understand just how dangerous they can be if not used properly. How can power tools cause a work injury? There….

    The dangers of using a chainsaw


    Whether you are indulging in a spot of DIY at home, carrying out house and garden improvements, or it is part of your daily job role, working with and using a chainsaw presents numerous health and safety risks, which can lead to equipment-specific injuries of varying severity. When operating such machinery, it is imperative to….

    Most common claims from building sites


    Building sites are highly dangerous places to be, and construction site accidents are not only fairly frequent, they are often also the cause of serious, even fatal injuries at work. Common construction site incidents The most common types of building site accidents include falls from height (scaffolding; ladders; raised parts of buildings); slips, trips and….

    Sustaining an injury after unauthorised use of a power tool


    Accidents at work vary in type and severity. From simple slips, trips and falls on wet flooring to falls from heights in construction and severe injuries from industrial machines or motors. Minimising the risk of accidents at work To minimise the risk of accidents at work, it is important that all employees undergo a comprehensive….

    What work site materials are unsafe?


    Depending on your occupation, the unsafe, or hazardous work site materials you could potentially be exposed to can consist of a wide range of different items, including, but not limited to: Varying chemicals or products containing chemicals Dusts or fumes; gases, mists or vapours Nano technology Germs, such as legionnaire’s disease, leptospirosis or other germs worked….

    The dangers of working as a manual labourer


    Working as a manual labourer can be hard, back breaking, not to mention the long hours. However, it can also mean the risks of an accident at work are quite high and the injuries can be quite severe. What types of accident at work injuries can occur? Some of the most common type of work….

    Five most common forklift truck injuries


    According to statistics from the Health and Safety Executive, more than 5,000 people are injured as a result of accidents at work, which involve moving vehicles, every year in the UK. Figures from 2004/2005 show that forklift truck injuries accounted for 31 per cent of all fatal workplace transport injuries. What kinds of injuries can occur….

    Is concrete powder dangerous to my health?


    You can expect many accidents at work to be commonplace, such as slips, trips and falls in the office or on wet flooring, yet some professions present sector-specific injuries and illness, which can be troubling for workers within the field. This is true for labourers, working with concrete powder. How dangerous is concrete? The Health….

    Working on building sites: Avoiding industrial deafness


    When you work in the construction sector, you are working, daily, around machinery and equipment that cause consistent or short bursts of loud noise. While this may initially seem a mere annoyance, or perhaps even the norm, over time it can be one of the leading causes of work-related ailments, including industrial deafness. How common are….

    How to use tower scaffolds safely


    If you are an employee or self-employed person and are using any item of working at height equipment in the workplace, such as a scaffold tower, the Work at Height Regulations apply. It is important to follow the regulations in order to prevent a fall from height. A fall from height can result in a….

    Why was asbestos introduced in the UK?


    Asbestos is one of the main causes of work-related illness in the UK. If you’ve been exposed to asbestos in your working environment or you’ve been involved in accidents at work, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim compensation. What is asbestos and why was it introduced in the UK? Asbestos is a naturally….

    Can asbestos lead to other diseases?


    Although not considered to be an accident in the workplace, exposure to asbestos still claims around 5,000 lives each year in the UK, with 20 tradesman a week thought to be affected. This is because when materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, they can release fibres into the air, and when these fibres….

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