Construction Site Accident Claims

The construction industry is one of the most dangerous sectors to work in. If your employer fails to take reasonable action to ensure your safety while working on site and you are injured, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

The solicitors at YouClaim have helped many construction workers make a claim for their injuries and the expenses they incurred as a result.

Start your claim today by simply calling 0800 10 757 95, opening up our live chat function or completing the contact form featured on this page.

Risks of working on a building site

One-third of all work-related fatalities happen in the construction industry and, although Britain is much safer than other countries, the risk of an accident is still high. Statistics show that construction workers are 6 times more likely to be killed at work than employees in any other industry.

This is due to the physically demanding work that comes with working on a building site, which puts workers’ bodies under great strain, exposing them to potential health risks and injury on a daily basis.

Young people in the construction industry in particular are at greater risk as they often have less experience on site and may not be aware of their rights at work and the level of protection they should expect from their employer.

Common causes of building site accidents

Our team has dealt with claims that have happened as a result of the following causes:

Alcohol

Heavy consumption of alcohol the night before work has been shown to have a negative effect on a worker’s ability to do their job the following day. Tasks on a construction site, including working from height, driving vehicles and using powerful machinery and sharp tools, are all made more dangerous than normal for workers who have had their senses blunted by alcohol, and this can cause serious accidents.

If you have been injured at work in an accident that was caused by someone suffering with a hangover or directly influenced by alcohol, you will be entitled to claim compensation.

Cranes

Read about accidents caused by cranes here.

Demolition

Read about accidents caused by demolition here.

Fires

Fires are the most dangerous and expensive of all construction accidents, and while many fires can be prevented through the use of well-maintained, fully-functional technology and common sense, there are still more than 10 major fires on construction sites in the UK every day.

There is extensive health and safety legislation in place to protect employees and if these guidelines are breached and you are left with burns, smoke inhalation damage or other personal injuries, we can help you claim compensation.

Large vehicles

Read about accidents caused by large vehicles here.

Scaffolding

Read about accidents caused by scaffolding here.

Welding

Read about accidents caused by welding here.

Employer’s duty

Your employer is legally obliged to take steps to identify and reduce risks of an accident happening. Some examples of common causes of accidents on a construction site include:

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

If steps are not taken by your employer to reduce the risk of an accident, a claim can be made against them for any injuries that have occurred as a result. It is worth remembering, though, that employers have insurance policies in place to cover the cost of such incidents - your compensation will not come directly from them. 

FAQs

 

How much compensation could I claim?

The amount of compensation you receive will vary depending on the specific circumstances surrounding your accident and the extent of your injuries. However, we can provide an estimate of the range of compensation you could expect for different injuries based on  average amounts awarded for common claims. To find out how much you could claim, use our interactive compensation calculator.

Remember, the estimated compensation amounts are simply ballpark figures based on the average guidelines - the best way to get an accurate idea of how much you could claim is by speaking to one of our solicitors.

What are my rights at work?

Due to the nature of work on a construction site, workers have particular rights that must be upheld by employers. For example, if you have been asked to carry out a task for which you have not been adequately trained, or you have not been provided with appropriate equipment, you are legally entitled to decline the task. In addition, regular breaks should be allowed to reduce tiredness - a major cause of work accidents.

If an employer fails to respect workers’ rights and you are injured as a result, a claim can be made.

I was subcontracted to a building site, can I make a claim?

Many subcontractors are hired to work on construction sites for short periods of time. During this time, site managers have a responsibility to make sure they are aware of site-specific hazards and provide suitable equipment and relevant training, just like with full-time workers. If they fail to do this and you suffer an injury as a result, then you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Can I make a claim if I was injured while visiting a site?

Whether you are visiting a construction site in a professional or personal capacity - such as to see your new home being built - it is the site foreman’s duty to ensure you are kept from harm. This includes being given:

  • A safety hat
  • Goggles, if necessary
  • Steel-toe cap boots
  • Basic health and safety guidance

If you have visited a construction site and were injured due to someone else’s negligence, then you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.

If my child is injured on a construction site, can I make a claim on their behalf?

Children are often fascinated by construction machinery and may be tempted to roam onto a badly protected construction site, putting themselves in great danger. Although your child may have wandered into danger themselves, construction site owners have a legal responsibility to secure the site and a claim can be brought against them if they fail to do so and an injury occurs as a result.

It is the management team’s responsibility to ensure that:

  • Locked fences are placed around the construction site
  • Pits and holes, include manholes, are covered
  • Piles of bricks, pipes and other building materials are stored correctly
  • Vehicles make a warning sound when reversing
  • Adequate barriers are placed around temporary roadworks
  • Building site warning signs are present and highly visible

If your child has been left with injuries after wandering onto an unprotected construction site, our solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation.

Can I make a claim for an injury that happened abroad?

Many British builders and other construction workers are employed by UK companies that have extensive overseas operations. If you have suffered injuries abroad in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, we can help you claim compensation for your injuries.

How YouClaim can help

Our solicitors understand that an injury is not the only negative consequence of a construction site accident. You may also be affected by loss of earnings, loss of livelihood and trauma both to you and your family. This is why our team will do their utmost to help you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible.

We have 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.

To find out how we have helped others who have been injured on construction site make a claim, take a look at our case studies below:

Get started today

If you or a family member has been injured on a construction site in an accident that was caused by someone else, contact our solicitors today to start the claims process.

Getting in touch couldn’t be simpler - you can either call us on 0800 10 757 95, speak to us through our online chat feature or fill out the enquiry form located on this page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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