Construction sites remain one of the most dangerous places to work despite the changes in health and safety legislation. The recent changes have addressed the need for there to be industry wide training and employer accountability for health and safety procedures and practices in the construction industry.
If you have been injured as the result of an industrial construction accident that wasn’t your fault within the last 3 years, then you may be eligible to make a personal injury compensation claim using Accident Advice Helpline’s injury solicitors.
Why are construction sites so dangerous?
Construction sites are dangerous because of the:
- high volume of traffic movements around the site – both by partially constructed roads and across uneven ground
- the use of heavy and mobile machinery that is transported and moved throughout the site
- the use of earth moving equipment that is large scale, noisy and dangerous to operate
- the number of workers from different trades who access the site daily over a long period of time
- the delivery of building materials requiring loading and unloading across the site
- working at differing heights and at roof level
- the constant removal and erection of scaffolding towers and platforms
Keeping safe on site
The health and safety legislation requires employers to take responsibility for the health and safety of their workforce whilst on site. It is their duty to ensure that all staff are trained to operate and handle materials safely and within the limits of their capability. Protective clothing and hard hats must be provided to protect workers from injury whilst on site. These should also be made available to site visitors and temporary workers. Wearing a hard hat on construction sites is compulsory.
However, employees also have a duty to report any concerns about health and safety to their employer relating to the state of equipment, standard of workmanship and safe practices whilst on site.
Employers should ensure that safety barriers are erected and moved according to the building schedule to protect workers from falling masonry or from falling from heights themselves. Pedestrian-only areas should be clearly marked and raised ironwork should be signed clearly.
Making your injury claim using the services of injury solicitors in Chiswick or Accident Advice Helpline
Of course you can always use a firm of local injury solicitors in Chiswick to help you claim compensation. However, if you cannot find a firm locally, or would prefer to use a national firm you should contact Accident Advice Helpline.
If you are eligible to make a claim, their injury solicitors in Chiswick will ensure that they handle your claim on a 100% ‘no win, no fee’ basis. In fact, their injury solicitors in will ensure that your claim is handled professionally and reliably at all times through to its completion.
Don’t delay! Call today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone, or take their unique 30 second online test today and see if you can claim using their injury solicitors in Chiswick!
Date Published: 8th December 2013
Author: Emma Matthews