When people talk about accidents on construction sites, we all tend to think of the huge building sites run by the just as huge companies. But in fact, most serious injures and deaths in the construction industry happen on smaller building projects, such as refurbishments and extensions, often on people’s homes.
The legal requirements for health and safety on smaller sites, and to avoid a personal injury claim in Reigate and Banstead
On smaller building sites:
- The work must be planned, managed and monitored so that the work is done safely and without any risks to health
- The workers must be trained in the health and safety policy of the site, and given information to enable them to take precautions to avoid the risks
- Prevent site access by any unauthorised persons
- The contractor should work closely with the client so that everyone is aware of the arrangements for managing the site, and to ensure the safety of everyone
According to the HSE website, over 60% of construction site deaths happen on smaller projects and usually involve falls from ladders, scaffolds, working platforms, roof edges and falls through fragile roofs or roof lights.
Electricity, collapsing excavations, lifting operations and mobile plant account for most of the rest of the deaths on smaller building sites.
If you are working on one of these smaller projects, and are injured through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim in Reigate and Banstead, and Accident Advice Helpline are the best option to help you do this.
Training in health and safety to avoid the need for a personal injury claim in Reigate and Banstead
The workers on these smaller sites should be informed of the risks involved and what precautions they need to take. They should be taught all the health and safety rules relating to the site, and for emergency procedures.
The employer also has a legal duty to provide the workers with whatever protective clothing they need, including hard hats which are compulsory on all construction sites.
The experts at Accident Advice Helpline can help with your personal injury claim
The solicitors and lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline are experts in making personal injury claims. It is all we have done since we were established in June 2000, and as a specialist law firm, we are one of the leading lights of the personal claim industry in the UK.
If you would like to know how much compensation you are likely to be awarded, you can complete the 30-second test on our website. This will also let you know if you qualify to make a personal injury claim.
Or if you prefer to discuss your claim with someone, call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone and speak to our friendly advisers. They will answer any questions you may have, and we can assure you the information they provide will be up to date and relevant to your own particular situation.
Date Published: 25th October 2014