One-third of all work fatalities happen in the construction industry and although Britain's is much safer than that of many other countries, the risk of an accident is still high. Statistics show that construction workers are six times more likely to be killed at work than any other type of employee. The importance of safety regulations being upheld couldn't be much clearer.
If you work in this industry your employer has a legal obligation to take reasonable steps and action to ensure your safety. If they fail to do so and you or your colleagues are injured, then the employer puts him or herself at risk of facing a claim.
You can find out more about making a construction accident claim by contacting YouClaim now on 0800 10 757 95 or completing an online enquiry form.
Construction workers undertake physically demanding work that puts their bodies under great strain, exposing them to potential health risks and injury on a daily basis.
Young people, in particular, are at greater risk in the industry as they have less experience and may not be aware of their rights at work.
Our lawyers have dealt with building site claims relating to the following types of accidents:
If you've been hurt in a construction work accident that isn't listed above, we may still be able to help you. For more information and no obligation advice, give us a call today on 0800 10 757 95 or use our online chat to speak to a member of the team. They'll be able to let you know if it is likely that you have a claim or not.
Your employer is legally obliged to take steps to identify risks and ensure that working practices are in place to reduce the chance of these risks turning into accidents.
Some examples of risks include:
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the organisation responsible for enforcing safety regulations in the UK, reports that the biggest cause of accidents on building sites is actually getting to work and that most accidents occur while walking across sites, handling work materials or moving around the workplace.
If any working practices are not followed, you may be able to make a claim.
If you have been asked to carry out a task for which you have not been trained, or you have not been provided with the proper equipment, you can decline.
As many construction workers have to carry out such arduous and physically demanding tasks they should also be allowed to take regular breaks to avoid fatigue. Being over tired is a major cause of work accidents.
Failure of employers to implement worker’s rights can result in claims being made.
Each case will vary due to the specifics of the circumstances and the injuries sustained, but there are average compensation amounts for common claims made:
These are by no means an exhaustive list of injuries suffered on building sites, just the most common. These are simply ballpark figures based on the average guidelines and as every case is completely different, the best way to get an accurate picture of your potential amounts is by speaking to one of our expert solicitors.
If you've been injured in a construction accident, it's not just the injury itself that has an impact. You may also be negatively impacted by loss of earnings, loss of livelihood and trauma both to you and your family. The fact is that most accidents could be avoided if management took the necessary health and safety steps to protect their employees.
You can contact us to get free advice and to discuss the possibility of claiming compensation. Our team of solicitors has an excellent success rate in dealing with construction and building site accident claims, and our no win no fee process means that you have nothing to lose.