Construction sites are among the most hazardous environments to a workforce, and therefore accidents are not an uncommon occurrence. However, a high level of safety training must be conducted in order to radically minimise the risks to workers on such sites. If an accident which causes injury occurs to inadequate or non-existent training, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation through aconstruction accident claims solicitor.
Why not contact us and learn more about how we can help you claim compensation after your construction site accident.
Dangers at a construction site are vast and include working at height, falling objects, faulty equipment and construction traffic accidents. There may also be dangers from certain materials such as asbestos, which can cause illness to you after a length of time (usually anything between 20 and 40 years). It is the responsibility of the employer to carry out appropriate risk assessments on all activities on the site, and educating staff to the dangers involved in their work.
The work load at a construction site is strenuous and worker tiredness can play a part in the cause of accidents. Workers must be encouraged to take regular breaks from their work to ensure that they or colleagues are not involved in accidents because of tiredness.
Construction Site Accident Statistics
The construction industry has the largest number of fatalities in the main industry groups. Statistics show:
- In 2008/2009 there were 53 fatalities; equalling 2.5 per 100,000 workers.
- It is the third most dangerous overall industry, only beaten by agriculture and extractive industries.
- The fatality rate is, on average reducing year on year. In 2000/2001 there were 5.9 deaths per 100,000 workers – over double what it is now.
- More injuries are caused by falls from height, falling objects, electricity and machinery in construction than in any other industry.
- Three million working days were lost in the construction industry in 2008/2009 due to work-related ill health.
There are current regulations that define the health and safety rules for accidents on construction sites. Regulation 13 of the Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Act of 1992 sets out guidelines for employers to reduce the risk to workers from objects falling from height. Risk assessments must be completed and protective equipment, i.e. helmets must be provided to employees if there are risks from falling objects.
Similarly, there are rules which are designed to protect employees from faulty equipment and tools. The Provision and Use of Work and Equipment Regulations 1998 obligates employers to ensure all tools used to do a job are safe and in good working order.
Making a Construction Site Accident Claim
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Employers are protected financially for all claims for compensation made against them because of personal injuries caused by accidents. Therefore even if you are on good terms with your employer following your accident, you should not worry about your claim jeopardising any working relationship you may have with them. What is important to remember is that you are likely to be affected financially by missing work or paying for treatment because of the accident and that compensation can get you the money you need to pay for this. The employer may even revise their health and safety practices as a result, which will benefit your colleagues in the future.
If you want help making a construction site accident claim for compensation, call Ashley Ainsworth for professional advice and assistance.
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