Are you one of the 2 million people who are currently employed in the construction industry? The construction industry is the largest in which to work in the UK.
Unfortunately, it is also the one in which most serious accidents happen. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have worked very hard over the last two decades to improve safety on building sites and have met with some success, but the rates of deaths and injuries are still too high, so they are continuing to work at it.
If you are injured on a construction site through an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to speak to an injury lawyer in Sutton St James at Accident Advice Helpline to assist you to make a personal injury compensation claim.
Every employer in the UK has a legal duty to protect their employees’ health and safety, but because of the nature of the work on a building site accidents happen, injuries occur and victims make personal injury claims. There are many things employers can do to help reduce the risks. They need to consider some of the things that cause accidents, for example:
- Falling objects and materials;
- Electrical faults;
- Safety harness failure;
- Collapsing trenches and foundations;
- Accidents with power tools;
- Faulty lifts and hoists;
- Scaffolding accidents;
- Movement of internal construction site traffic;
- Falling from ladders;
- Poor layout of the site;
- Insufficient or no safety briefings; and
- Falls through weak floors and roofs.
If you are injured as a result of any construction site accident that was not your fault, you may be able to make a personal injury claim using an injury lawyer in Sutton St James.
Protective clothing that is available
There is lots of protective clothing on the market for construction site workers, but you or your employer should always buy them from a reputable supplier, as there are many fakes on the market. These will hopefully make any injury you may sustain a bit less severe. Some of the items that might help are:
- Safety gloves;
- Safety boots;
- High-visibility jackets;
- Hard hats;
- Ear guards;
- Ear protectors; and
- Dust masks.
Getting the right responsible party
There are so many different workers on site, it is not always easy to know who employs them. Although generally you would expect the electrician to work for the electrical company and the bricklayer for the building company, you cannot be certain, and it may be important to know when you make a personal injury compensation claim.
You should let Accident Advice Helpline sort this out for you. We are experienced in all types of claims, and over the last 15 years have helped many thousands of claimants get the compensation they have deserved.
Our in-house solicitors will find the responsible party from the minefield of workers on the site. They will process your claim quickly and efficiently, ensuring that you get the maximum amount for all factors of your claim.
Call our freephone helpline on 0800 180 4123 and speak to a friendly advisor. They are there to help and will guide you through the required processes of making you claim.
Date Published: 10th March 2014
Author: David Brown