Many people involved in accidents that were not their fault had never even considered the possibility of being injured until their accident happened. This is not really surprising; most of us go about our daily lives trying to be as careful as we can and also trying to ensure we are not responsible for hurting others. Having said that, there are certain jobs where the likelihood of you being involved in an accident increases because of the nature of your work, with construction being just one example. Annually there are thousands of people who sustain injuries as a result of a construction accident that was beyond their control.
But most construction accidents can be prevented, and if you have been injured at work and you feel that somebody else (such as a colleague or your employer) was at fault, then you could make a claim for personal injury compensation within three years of your accident happening. Accident Advice Helpline can help you to get the compensation you’re entitled to.
Did you have the right equipment and training?
How you could become involved in a construction accident is very much dependent on the kind of work you engage in on a building site, and whether or not you and those around you, have been trained adequately. While we all like to think we have been highly trained and are skilled at what we do, there is always room for improvement, especially when it comes to maintaining the highest levels of health and safety. Ultimately, it’s up to your employer to ensure that you’re safe at work – it is your employer’s responsibility to prevent you from having a construction accident. Many may ask the question, ‘How can my employer stop me from being hurt?’ and the short answer is that they have a duty of care to you and everyone else working there.
Who was responsible for my accident?
Having a duty of care means that your employer is obliged by law (and also morally) to ensure that you have all the training you need and the necessary safety equipment in order to carry out your work safety and in line with health and safety procedures. Any employer who fails in these basic yet important requirements is demonstrating a clear disregard for the well-being of their employees. They could well find themselves the subject of a compensation claim if a member of their staff has been injured in an accident that was otherwise preventable.
For example, if your employer fails to ensure that you have a hard hat and safety boots and you suffer a head injury after tools fall off scaffolding and hit you, you could make a claim for compensation, as your employer has clearly been negligent. If you are injured whilst working with another member of staff who has not received the correct health and safety training, your employer could again be held liable, as it’s up to them to ensure that all staff receive the training they need. Your employer should ensure that you have PPE to keep you safe at work, and this could include:
- Hi-vis vests
- Hard hats
- Safety gloves
- Safety (usually steel reinforced toe) boots
- Hearing protection
- Eye protection
- Face masks
It’s up to your employer to provide you with PPE and ensure that it is maintained to a safe standard, to reduce the risk of you being injured at work.
How have you been injured?
There are many different types of injuries you could sustain from a construction accident, too numerous to list them all here in fact, but here are some of the most common:
- Broken limbs
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal injuries
Falls from height are the leading cause of fatalities at work (and one of the most common construction accident claims), but a fall from height, for example, from scaffolding, could also lead to serious, life-changing injuries such as a spinal injury or a head injury. In some cases, a fall can also cause crush injuries – for example, if you fall from scaffolding and it collapses on top of you. Injuries to the feet are also common on construction sites and usually caused by not wearing proper protective boots. If you drop a pile of bricks on your foot or if a forklift runs over your foot, the result could be multiple fractures and injuries that can take months to heal.
How much compensation could you get for your injuries?
It’s hard to place a figure on construction accident claims, as every claim is different (and everybody’s injuries are different). You could take the 30-second test on our website to get an idea of how much compensation you could be entitled to. Remember that as well as compensation for your injuries, you could also receive compensation for loss of earnings, so if you’ve suffered a serious injury and taken months off work to recover, this could really help you and your family out financially.
Accident Advice Helpline can help
If you have been injured and are wondering about how to go about claiming for a construction accident then this is where Accident Advice Helpline can help. Since the year 2000 our team of advisors and lawyers have been working to ensure that those who approach us for assistance in making a claim receive help at the most professional and expert levels. The question we are asked most often is what is the cost of claiming for a construction accident? We offer the opportunity to make a compensation claim on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis. Our expert lawyers will work to secure the right amount of compensation for you without it being necessary to pay any upfront fees.
If you have been injured, and it wasn’t your fault, contact us today by calling us on our freephone landline number 0800 689 0500. Alternatively, you can ring us from a mobile by calling 0333 500 0993. Lines are open daily and a member of our team of advisors is standing by to answer your questions and provide you with the advice you need.
Date Published: 24th May 2013
Author: David Brown