Construction Site Accident Claims

Although the construction industry in Britain is one of the safest in Europe, one third of all work fatalities happen in this sector. Statistics show that construction workers are six times more likely to be killed at work than any other type of employee.

If you work in the construction 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 are injured, you could be entitled to compensation.

To find out more about making a construction accident claim call YouClaim now on 0800 10 757 95 or complete an online enquiry form.

The Risks Involved

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 may not be aware of their rights at work.

Common Types of Building Site Accidents

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 Simply give us a call to have a chat about what happened and we will be able to tell you whether you have a case to make a building site injury claim or not.

Health and Safety Regulations your Employer Must Follow

Your employer must 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 on construction sites include:

  • Faulty equipment
  • A lack of safety gear
  • People operating machinery without proper training
  • Fire

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.

If any working practices are not followed, you may be able to make a claim.

Your Rights

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 could result in a claim.

How Much Could You Claim?

Each case will vary due to the specifics of the circumstances and the injuries sustained but there are some general average compensation amounts for common claims made for construction accidents:

  • Severe arm injuries - £75,625 to £102,850
  • Leg injuries - from £14,000 for moderate injuries to £105,000 for very severe injuries
  • Loss of sight in one eye - £38,720 to £43,065
  • Neck Injuries - £5,700 to £100,000 depending on the severity
  • Back Injuries - from £30,000 to £126,000
  • Facial disfigurement - from £1,200 to £76,000 depending on the severity of the scarring
  • Head Injuries from up to £10,000 for a minor injury to anywhere between £12,000 and £316,000 for brain damage, depending upon the extent and prognosis.

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 compensation 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.

Contact YouClaim Today

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. Most construction accidents 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.

Call 0800 10 757 95 or start your claim online by clicking the banner below.

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.

Health and Safety regulations

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.

Faulty equipment

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.

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Making 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.

Call 0800 10 757 95 or start your claim online by clicking the banner below.

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