If you work in construction, there’s a certain level of risk involved in your day-to-day job. Construction sites can be dangerous places – heavy machinery, heights, uneven ground and falling objects are just some examples of the hazards you’re likely to face on a daily-basis.
In fact, according to the Health and Safety Executive, there were 30 cases of fatal injury in the construction trade during the period of 2018/19 – second only to the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry.
A huge number of injuries can be avoided if your employer takes measures to make your working environment as safe as it can possibly be, and they have a legal duty to do so.
If you’ve been injured on a building site and think your accident happened because your employer failed to take steps to prevent it, then you might be able to make a compensation claim to cover the impact your injury has had on your life, and the expenses it’s caused.
You can get in touch with a trained legal adviser for free on 0800 234 6438. Or, if you’d prefer, you can fill in one of the secure contact forms and they’ll call you back.
There are a lot of hazards on building sites, and if your employer fails to follow health and safety rules then serious injuries are more likely to happen.
For example, accidents can happen if there’s a lack of safety briefings or training – especially where dangerous machinery is involved. You should also be given personal protective equipment (PPE) such as a hard hat, eye and ear protection if necessary.
Other causes of construction site injuries can include: incorrectly erected scaffolding, poor site layout, holes not being fenced off, electric shocks, or being hit by a falling object.
Faulty or defective machinery or equipment can be a serious hazard on construction sites – for example, if tools, scaffolding or ladders fail then the consequences can be extremely serious. Your employer should regularly inspect equipment and replace it if necessary.
It’s important for all workers to be given regular breaks and rest periods, because operating machinery while tired can increase the chances of an accident happening.
Working on construction and demolition sites can involve handling dangerous substances, such as asbestos.
If you’ve been exposed to asbestos without the proper training or safety equipment, then this can put you at risk of suffering from a serious, permanent condition called asbestosis.
If you or a loved one is suffering from asbestosis or another condition as a result of exposure to a dangerous chemical or substance, then you may be able to make a compensation claim.
We realise your condition might not have developed until a long time after you were exposed – don’t worry, it’s likely you can still make a case if you get in touch with a solicitor within three years of first becoming aware of your condition.
There are a few different laws in place to protect construction workers from being unfairly injured. We’ve outlined some of the main ones below:
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015: governs the way all sizes of construction projects should be planned, and aims to bring health and safety into building site practices from the start.
The Work at Height Regulations 2005: states that work at height should be properly planned and supervised. This includes using the right equipment.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974: sets out the duty of employers regarding the health and wellbeing of their staff.
The bottom line is that all employers have a duty of care to keep you safe while you’re at work – and this is especially important on construction sites where hazards are a part of the day-to-day work.
No matter what type of injury you’ve suffered, it’s likely you’ll be able to make a claim if it happened in the last three years (or you first became aware of it within the last three years), and if it was caused by somebody else’s negligence.
Poor health and safety on building sites can also lead to:
Many people who are thinking about making a work accident claim worry that they’ll lose their job or be treated differently because of it.
But it’s against the law for your employer to dismiss you because of your claim – and if they do so, you might be able to take further legal action against them. Also, your compensation claim will be made against their insurance company, not against them personally, so they won’t have to pay your compensation out of their own pocket.
It’s important to remember that making a compensation claim not only covers you for the impact and expense your injury has unfairly caused to you, it can also help to flag safety issues in your workplace so that your colleagues don’t have a similar accident.
An expert work accident solicitor will be able to help you make your claim on a no win no fee basis. No win no fee agreements takes the financial risk out of claiming, because it means that if your claim isn’t successful, then you won’t have to pay your solicitor’s fees.
If you do win your claim, you’ll pay your solicitor as a percentage of the compensation you receive – but this will only ever make up a small amount of your money, so you’ll have the financial help you need to move on following your accident.
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