Accidents on construction sites
There was an incident where a worker was inflicted with burns and singeing after an accident whilst at work. The injured man was using a large mechanical drill when he suddenly hit cable beneath the pavement. This sent a huge volt of electricity through the drill and up onto the man, causing injuries. Accidents on construction sites are rare but they do happen. Tougher health and safety regulations have made the industry more secure now.
When an accident happens on a construction site which is down to a lack of care by somebody with an obligation for health and safety and the accident results in an injury, it is just as important to ensure that the victim receives an appropriate construction injury compensation settlement as it has ever been. Despite the reduction in accidents in construction those, which still happen, are still often of a serious nature. Take our simple 30-second test to see if you can make a claim for compensation.
As with any industry, the first concern should be for your safety and wellbeing. If you have had a very serious accident you might well be in hospital and the last thing you want to think about is compensation. But as soon as you are able, it is essential to record the details of what has happened. Make sure whatever happens after the accident that you have a full medical examination.
You medical professional will make a note of your injuries and these will go on your record and also in any work based medical file. A report needs to be written in your employer´s “Accident Report Book”. If you are not well enough to write an entry, ask another person to do this on your behalf. Your employer must report most types of construction site injuries to the Health Service Executive who may start their own health and safety inspection.
Will I get compensation?
Accidents on construction sites are often eligible for compensation because they are often serious. The key is though, that someone else must be responsible for causing your injury. It does not matter if you are a self-employed worker, a sub-contractor or an employee of the company or individual who has control of your work environment; accidents in construction for all types of workers are eligible for compensation.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline and let us talk you through what you need to do to make a claim for accidents on construction sites.
Date Published: 14th March 2013