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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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    Workplace accident YouTube 2

    Workplace accident YouTube 2

    Construction accidents

    Accidents in the construction industry can be caused by a variety of factors, from unsafe or faulty equipment to ignorance of safety procedures, general carelessness and more. Incidents may involve falls, explosions (as shown in the clip above), accidents involving electrical equipment, fork lifts or cranes, the possibilities are endless. Many of these work accidents are fatal, and most of them could be prevented.

    Construction work accident Statistics

    Although the rates and numbers of injuries within the construction industry have been significantly reduced over the past 20 years or so, construction is still a high-risk industry. Even today, approximately 10 per cent of major work injuries and 22 per cent of fatal injuries by work accidents in Britain are accounted for by this industry. Figures show that a total of 49 workers suffered fatal injuries at work between 2011 and 2012. This figure includes a total of 23 self-employed individuals.

    These figures also reveal that an estimated 5000 cases of occupational cancer due to exposure to carcinogens on construction sites arise every year. Approximately 31,000 new cases of work-related illnesses were reported within the construction industry, raising the total of existing cases to 74,000. Workplace injuries account for an estimated 0.6 million lost working days throughout the year, with an additional 1.7 million days being lost on account of work-related health conditions.

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    Potential compensation claim in the video

    Fortunately, this video was staged as part of a campaign to prevent accidents within the construction industry. Had this been an actual accident, the family of the fatally injured construction worker may have been able to claim compensation. The workplace accident YouTube 2 video should make you more aware of the dangers.

    Determining responsibility

    At first glance, responsibility for the accident shown seems to lie with the employer. As the man stated, he was wearing all the protective gear he was provided with and the company should have ensured that the gas canisters close to his work were safe. The question whether he should have checked them himself before commencing his work so close to them may, however, arise during the process of determining responsibility.

    Potential claim

    The deceased’s family may be able to claim compensation from the employing company if they are found to be responsible for the accident. This may include compensation for loss of earnings, bereavement compensation and more.

    Do you have a claim?

    Determining whether you are entitled to compensation for work accidents is made easy by Accident Advice Helpline. The line is available all day every day and experienced advisers will assist you in determining eligibility and provide you with relevant advice and support throughout the process of claiming for compensation. Accidents can happen in any situation and the workplace accident YouTube 2 should show these potential hazards.

    Date Published: October 21, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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