If you work on a building site, or do any other sort of physical labour, the chances are that you or someone you know has fallen prey to construction site injuries. The reasons for this are obvious: there is often lots of potentially dangerous equipment being used, a lot of the work takes place at a height, and lifting heavy loads is a normal everyday task. When you factor in the hard, physically tiring nature of the work, it’s hardly surprising that accidents happen. If you are someone who has suffered construction site injuries, then contact Accident Advice Helpline to see if we could help you recover the compensation you deserve.
The Ways That Accidents Happen
The first thing to note is that you will almost always be claiming against your employer, whoever it was who caused the accident. Even when it is obvious that one particular individual was at fault, almost all of the time the claim will be against the contractors, site owners, or whichever company was ultimately responsible for your safety. Once you bear this in mind, it becomes very easy to see how a claim could be based on a typical day on a worksite which leads to accident injuries on a worksite.
Here is a list of common causes of injuries on a worksite:
– the correct safety equipment is not provided or is not working properly
– adequate precautions are not taken against hazards such as falling from scaffolds
– faulty equipment being dangerous
– a lack of proper training for safe lifting techniques
– lack of provision of proper break times
– carelessness or inattention of others working on the site
Let’s take an illustrative example. Some heavy machinery needs to be repaired, and access to it is only on foot. The access path is littered with pieces of debris, and there is oil on the flooring surface. A proper health and safety assessment is not made, and nobody takes any steps to remove the debris or oil.
Construction Site Injuries from Moving Heavy Equipment
The workers are then expected to move heavy component parts and tools by hand, and no pulleys or conveyor belt systems are provided. The employer insists on all of this being done in a short time, and does not allow the workers to take breaks to rest. None of the workers have been trained in the best way to lift heavy objects safely, and are in such a hurry that they end up working at cross purposes, bumping into each other and being under each other’s feet. In this simple example, it’s easy to see how it would only be a matter of time before somebody got injured.
Accident Advice Helpline is Here to Help
We have extensive experience of cases involving injuries on worksite locations. Call us now on our freephone number 0800 689 0500 (or, if you are using your mobile phone, 0333 500 0993), or visit our website and take our 30 Second Test to see how much you might recover in compensation for your injuries. There is no further obligation after you initial enquiry, and all of our cases are on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Date Published: 18th August 2013