The dangers of being a builder may not immediately be apparent to those who work outside of the industry. However, builders will be only too aware of what might potentially go wrong in some situations. You may already have had first-hand experience of problems that can happen when you are working in this environment.
Assessing the main dangers that might crop up
- Falling from height. Many builders will work at height, and this should be done with the aid of proper equipment, such as scaffolding, for example. A lack of health and safety could potentially increase the chances of a fall occurring.
- Tripping over. Building sites are typically filled with rubble, rubbish, equipment and tools of all kinds. Anything of this nature might constitute a tripping hazard if it is not properly stored and/or removed as necessary.
- Falls through roofs or skylights. Working at height can be dangerous, especially if the structure concerned is unstable.
- Dangers posed by a lack of suitable equipment. A hardhat will be worn by every builder upon entering any building site. Steel toe-capped boots are another essential item. However, there are situations where a lack of this and other equipment can indeed be potentially dangerous.
- Inhaling dust and other potentially dangerous fumes or substances. Even something as innocent as brick dust can cause illness or injury over time. Wearing the right mask can prevent problems of this nature occurring.
Have you already been affected by the dangers of being a builder?
Most builders take every care when planning their work. They must also apply all health and safety laws that are relevant to their job, and to those that may be working with them. As such, the employer has a duty to ensure all their employees are safe when working on a building site. If you already have experience of the dangers of being a builder, and you’ve been injured in the process, you should definitely take the 30-second test Accident Advice Helpline has provided for you online.
You can also call the team free on 0800 689 0500 to find out whether there is a chance to make a no win, no fee claim with regard to your injuries. Getting the facts is the first step, and you can do that today by calling us and speaking with a friendly advisor to learn more.
Date Published: April 18, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead