Injury lawyers in Stanton St John
Construction sites are one of the most dangerous places to work. Health & Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines are very strict and have become even tighter over the last two decades. There are still higher than average accident rates among the 2 million construction workers, many of them victims of accidents that were not their fault. There has been a steady reduction in the reported accidents, but there are still too many. As a comparison, in 2005 there were 3750 major injuries reported and in 2012, 2230.
This reduction of over 1500 reported major accidents is fantastic news, but there are still some areas where the construction industry accidents are much higher than the national average. This is largely due to the dangerous nature of much of the work, and employers who do not comply with the regulations. No matter how cautious people are, with so many hazards in one place, there will inevitably be some accidents and personal injury claims using injury lawyers in Stanton St John..
Injury lawyers in Stanton St John hears from HSE the main groupings for accidents
HSE put accidents into four main grouping for data purposes, these being:
- Being struck by falling/moving objects
- Falls (not on a single level)
- Slips and falls on a single level
This enables them to compare the figures to national averages and 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%.
Where things are worse
The two remaining areas results are not so good. Reported falls not a single level 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%. HSE are constantly reviewing and updating guidelines to ensure the statistics keep going in the right direction.
The outcome of accidents
Being involved in a fall, or something dropping onto you may not sound like much of an accident, but the injuries from these can be very severe, if the victim survives.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline we have been helping construction workers for many years, helping them to get the compensation they deserved after being injured in an accident that was not their fault.
We have professional, friendly advisors, on 0800 180 4123, ready to help people who have been injured in a construction site accident, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With over 13 years in the industry, you can have complete peace of mind in knowing you’re dealing experienced and knowledgeable lawyers who all work on a no win no fee* basis, so they will not be looking for any money to start your claim.
Why not take the 30-second test on our website to see if you have a valid claim and how much you could be entitled to.
Date Published: 12th November 2013
Author: David Brown