Although the construction industry in Britain is said to be one of the safest in Europe, one third of all work fatalities happen in this sector. Frighteningly, statistics show that construction workers are six times more likely to be killed at work than any other type of employee.
Construction workers undertake the most physically demanding of jobs, put their bodies under great strain and expose themselves to potential health risks and injury on a daily basis.
Young people in particular are at greater risk in the construction industry as they have less experience and less knowledge of their work rights. They are also often given more risky jobs as their senior colleagues take on higher-level managerial roles.
Common accidents that can occur on a building site include:
Even if the type of accident you have suffered isn't listed, we may still be able to help you, just give us a call to have a chat about what happened and we will be able to tell you whether you have a case or not.
The Government's Health and Safety Commission, responsible for health and safety regulation in Great Britain, intends to protect people's health and safety by ensuring risks in the changing workplace are properly controlled.
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 building sites, handling work materials or moving around the workplace.
Equipment manufacturers are responsible for designing and maintaining products and machinery to a safe and operable standard. If they are damaged in any way or are not safe, they risk causing an accident and if proper safety measures are not employed, the chances of an injury can increase significantly.
Wear and tear of equipment is often the cause of an accident on site and many workers do not realise that they are entitled to ask supervisors for regular breaks when using heavy duty equipment. Workers are also entitled to request replacement equipment if any they are using is faulty.
Failure of employers to implement these worker’s rights could result in a claim.
Loss of earnings, loss of livelihood, trauma and the injury itself can have a major impact on somebody's life and put their ability to earn a living and live comfortably in great jeopardy. Often construction accidents that happen could have been avoided if management had taken the necessary health and safety steps to protect their employees.
If you have an injury that you believe has occurred through no fault of your own, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
Here at YouClaim, we work on a no win, no fee basis. Our straight-talking panel of solicitors is keen to get you the compensation you rightfully deserve after being injured in an accident that wasn't your fault. Our team of solicitors have an excellent success rate in dealing with construction and building site injury cases, so there really is nothing to lose and everything to gain by making a compensation claim with us.
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