One of the major hazards on any construction site is the inability to move around the site safely. This is when claims can arise from slips, trips and falls. There are many safety precautions that should be put in place around a construction site in the Wallingford area and this prevents the employees from being injured and prevents the employer from having to look for accident lawyers in Wallingford to handle their claims.
Personal injury compensation
If it can be shown that the employer is at fault for an accident because they have not introduced the recommended safety procedures then Accident Advice Helpline can help the injured worker to claim compensation. This is a legal process where Accident Advice Helpline lawyers negotiate a sum of money which is called compensation. It is paid by the employer to the injured employee, although in practice, it is often paid out of an insurance policy which is called an Employer’s Liability Insurance Policy.
How to prevent slip, trip and fall claims on construction sites
Several thousand construction workers are injured every year in slips, trips and falls on construction sites in the UK and Accident Advice Helpline; their personal injury lawyers in Wallingford are well placed to deal with construction site claims. There are several locations on building sites where it is especially important to maintain excellent housekeeping in order to prevent accidents. These areas are:
- Access routes
- Site cabins
Uneven surfaces are a particular hazard and maintaining a suitable walking surface is a key health and safety requirement. This can be done by:
- Providing a walkway that is clearly designated so that everyone knows that it is to be maintained correctly and kept clear of obstructions
- The surface of the walkway must be clear and smooth and maintained correctly. This may include providing adequate drainage and a suitable surface material
- The walkway should be signposted and should be adequately lit – trips and falls are more common in areas of poor lighting
It is very common for building materials and waste to be strewn across construction sites and this provides the ideal conditions for a slip, trip or fall. Accidents can be avoided if every individual worker understands that they have to keep their work area clear and organised at all times. Deliveries can also be carefully scheduled to ensure that there is not a large amount of building materials on site at any one time. If there is a designated area for waste storage and collection and if everyone on site understands that this is where they should place waste materials then there is less likely to be a build-up of materials all over the site.
Looking for accident lawyers in Wallingford? Call Accident Advice Helpline
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault and would like to to get expert advice from accident lawyers in Wallingford, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: 27th October 2013
Author: David Brown