Can I make an injury claim in South Petherton if I have an accident on a building site?
A construction site is one of the most dangerous workplaces, despite strict Health & Safety Executive guidelines. There are still higher than average accident rates for most types of injury, so it is no wonder there are injuries resulting in an injury claim in South Pemberton on a regular basis.
Improvements are happening, so maybe you can avoid an injury claim in South Pemberton
Things are getting better, though. Changes to regulations for contractors have ensured that construction site accidents have been steadily decreasing for 20 years. Below, you can see just how much they have fallen in only eight years:
- 2004/05: 3,750 reported major injuries.
- 2011/12: 2,230 reported major injuries.
This reduction of over 1,500 reported major accidents is fantastic news, but there are still some areas in the construction industry where accidents are much higher than the national average. This is largely due to the dangerous nature of much of the work. No matter how cautious people are, with so many hazards in one place there will inevitably be accidents.
The HSE split these into four types of accident. They are:
- Being struck by falling/moving objects;
- Manual handling injuries;
- Falls (not on a single level); and
- Slips and falls on a single level.
Over a five-year period, the construction industry managed to match the national average for accidents whilst handling goods, whilst slips and falls on a single level were considerably lower — only 26% compared to a national average of 39%.
There is still room for improvement
Construction falls short in the two remaining areas — falls and being struck by objects. Reported falls comes in at nearly double the national average, with 28% being reported compared to 15% for other industries. Being struck by objects creeps in at 4% above the national average of 11%. The HSE are constantly reviewing and updating guidelines to ensure that the statistics keep going in the right direction. Maybe one day there will come a point where there is little need for an injury claim in South Pemberton.
Helping the victims
If you are one of the thousands who falls victim to a workplace accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have professional, friendly advisors helping people who have been injured in construction site accidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As we have over 15 years in the industry, you can have complete peace of mind in knowing that you’re dealing with an ethical company. Our no win no fee lawyers regularly deal with a variety of cases, and we can provide specialists for specific cases that require it.
Dealing with big construction companies can be intimidating; getting professional no obligation advice from the Accident Advice Helpline could help you, or someone you know, to make a bad situation a bit better. Why not take our 30-second test to see how much you could be entitled to? Alternatively you can call us on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 19th September 2013
Author: David Brown