A construction site in any part of the UK, including Wallington, is inevitably going to involve someone having to work at a height. Falling from a height rarely results in merely a mild injury – by its very nature this is a very serious accident. In fact, the majority of fatal and serious injuries that are suffered on UK construction sites are inflicted by a fall from a height.
Finding accident lawyers in Wallington
If you have suffered an injury during a fall from a height on a construction site and are looking for expert accident lawyers in Wallington, then Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim the compensation that is rightfully yours.
As long as it can be shown that the accident was the fault of your employer, Accident Advice Helpline will be able to negotiate a fair compensation payout for you as part of a construction site claim.
Showing who was at fault for an accident involves outlining the health and safety procedures that should have been put in place but were not introduced.
The procedure that underpins the majority of health and safety requirements is a risk assessment. This involves a thorough assessment of all the hazards that could be associated with a particular work activity. This usually has to be done by consulting the employees themselves. It can be useful to look at the accident book or to enquire about ‘near misses’ that have happened in the past. Then a comprehensive list of safety procedures can be put in place. Risk assessments have to be continually revised and updated.
Construction site claims – precautions
Many construction site claims for falls from a height could be avoided with a few simple precautions.
- The most obvious precaution is to limit the amount of work that has to be done at a height. This will reduce the number of hours that are spent working at a height and will reduce the probability of an accident. If it is possible to assemble some elements of the building at ground level and then lift them into position then this would be preferable to assembling it at a height that is well above ground level.
- The second line of defence is to make sure that no-one can fall a distance that would seriously hurt them and which could lead to an injury lawyer Wallington claim for a large amount of money. On some construction sites this is achieved by providing a scaffold platform with double guard rails and toe boards. If workers can’t fall then they cannot be injured in a fall accident.
- Where working at a height cannot be avoided and scaffolding cannot be provided then measures should be put in place to stop the worker falling very far. This is sometimes achieved using harnesses or safety nets.
Get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today
If you would like to to get expert advice from accident lawyers in Wallington, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.