Building accident claims are a part of every working day at a law firm like Accident Advice Helpline. Despite a raft of safety legislation and guidance there are still too many serious accidents in the construction industry and some will lead to building accident claims. Many could have been prevented if safety equipment was provided and worn correctly. One of the most crucial parts of safety equipment on a building site is the hard hat. Here is some more information on the link between hard hats and building accident claims.
Building accident claims and hard hats – the facts
- Hard hats save lives on building sites. Heavy objects can fall from great heights and cause severe injuries. Head, brain and spinal injuries can be life-threatening and cause life-changing disabilities. They can make the difference between being well protected if something falls on a worker’s head or a scenario for starting building accident claims for serious or even fatal injuries.
- Providing hard hats is not enough – they must be worn. Employers should insist that hard hats are visible on everyone’d head before they enter the building site, and that includes contractors and other site visitors. There should be enough hard hats available for the number of visitors that could arrive at any one time. The strict rule should be No hard hat – No entry. As simple as that. This should be prominent in the site rules and should be rigorously enforced.
- Hard hats have got to be in good condition. If they are not in good condition then they may not work effectively and building accident claims can result. Regular checks of all the hats on site should be made and defective or damaged hats removed and disposed of.
- A hard hat has got to fit the person who is going to be wearing it. They also have to work with other protective equipment such as ear defenders. Some hard hats are available with attached ear defenders. Others are available with built-in visors which help protect the face.
Building accident claims and hard hats – procedures
If you have been injured in a building site accident and you were not provided with a hard hat, made to wear a hard hat or your hard hat was damaged or not suitable for the job then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. You can do this by contacting Accident Advice Helpline FREE and 24/7 on 0800 689 0500. You can also access this service online. Accident Advice Helpline has a team of personal injury lawyers who are experts on building accident claims. They will guide you through the legal technicalities of the case, allowing you to concentrate on getting better. Whilst you are recovering you will not have to worry about money. The compensation will be claimed for all the money that you have lost because you are injured. You will not have to pay any exorbitant up front legal costs for this service because Accident Advice Helpline personal injury lawyers all work on a no win, no fee basis.
Date Published: 9th June 2013
Author: Sharon Parry