Construction sites are one of the most dangerous places to work in the UK, second only to farms in terms of serious injuries and deaths each year. Employers have a legal duty to protect employee health and safety at work, but by the very nature of the work, accidents are a common occurrence. This can lead to innocent victims making personal injury claims for construction site accidents in West Devon.
Let us advise you with construction site accidents in West Devon
The potential hazards on construction sites are numerous. Although great strides have been made in the last 20 years to improve safety standards and reduce the number of accidents, many unfortunate incidents still occur. Common causes of accidents include:
- Falling objects and materials
- Electrical faults
- Collapsing trenches and foundations
- Accidents with power tools
- Faulty lifts and hoists
- Scaffolding accidents
- Movement of internal construction site traffic
- Falls from ladders
- Safety harness failures
- Poor site layouts
- Insufficient or no safety briefings
- Falls through weak floors and roofs
If you have been injured as a result of any construction site accident that was not your fault, you may wish to consider making personal accident claims in West Devon.
Reducing the risk of serious injury
Protective clothing can reduce the risk of workers being seriously injured in the event of an accident, and employers should supply employees with the necessary items free of charge. Some are compulsory for everyone entering a construction site – workers, bosses and visitors alike – including hard hats.
Hi-vis jackets, safety gloves and boots, goggles and dust masks are just some of the items of protective gear available. These should be supplied to construction site workers as a matter of course.
Finding the responsible party
One of the biggest problems with building site accidents is finding out who is responsible for settling construction site accidents in West Devon. On-site there will be the main contractors, and working for them will be their own employees, subcontracting companies with their own employees, self-employed subcontractors and also the drivers of vehicles taking goods to and from the site.
Although it may seem easy to point the finger of blame at a particular person, finding out who is legally responsible for them – and ultimately the personal injury claim – is not always so straightforward.
Getting help from the experts at Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline is in a position to help you secure personal injury compensation. We are experienced in all types of claims and over the last 14 years have helped many thousand of claimants get the recourse they deserved. Among them, there have been many construction site workers.
Our solicitors will find the responsible party from the minefield of workers on the site. Then they will process your claim quickly and efficiently, ensuring you receive the maximum amount of compensation.
Call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 and speak to a friendly adviser. They are there to help and will guide you through the process of making you claim.
Date Published: 8th August 2014
Author: David Brown