Building site accident claims
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If you work in the construction industry or on a building site, then you will already know that the line of work you are in can often be dangerous. The equipment, materials and procedures involved in your workplace are particularly hazardous and can cause injury, illness and even death.
According to figures from the Health and Safety Executive, there were 35 fatal injuries related to the construction industry during the period of 2014/15 - higher than any other UK industry.
Similarly, the building sector accounts for a disproportionately high number of employees suffering a serious injury after a workplace accident.
You may be eligible to make a claim for compensation if you suffer an injury on a building site due to someone else's negligence.
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Types of building site accident claims
Workers on building sites can be at risk of a high number of different accidents. Some of the more common accidents that lead to injury claims include:
- Falls from scaffolding or ladders
- Falling down a hole or shaft or falling on uneven or dangerous ground
- Being struck by falling objects, such as tools or masonry
- Faulty or defective machinery
- Lifting and handling heavy or awkward loads
- Being struck by a vehicle.
In 2013/14, falls from height were responsible for over 30% of the most serious injuries (including fatal injuries) to construction workers. However, the most common cause of all injuries on a building site is lifting and handling-related accidents.
The variety of hazards on a construction site can lead to a lot of different types of injury, including:
- Back and neck injuries
- Amputation of a hand or finger(s)
- Head injuries
Injuries to building site visitors
It's not just building site workers who are at risk of injury, as injuries to visitors are quite common in the construction trade. Again, these injuries can vary from minor trips or falls to more serious injuries and even death. In the ten years up to 2014, there were 46 deaths to visitors to UK building sites - so nearly five per year.
A lot of the health and safety regulations which cover the average workplace do not include provisions for visitors. However, people visitors to workplaces including construction sites are still covered by common law and other legislation such as the Occupiers Liability Act 1957.
How to claim against your employer
It's common to feel uncomfortable at the thought of making a compensation claim against your employer, but don't worry - they will not be required to pay your compensation personally so they won't be left with a huge bill they can't afford.
All employers are required to take out employer's liability insurance which is designed to cover the costs of any personal injury claims made against them by their employees, so if you have a claim your compensation will be paid by the insurance company.
Also, it's worth remembering that it is illegal for your employer to sack you or treat you any differently if you make a compensation claim against them. If you were to lose your job because you made a building site accident claim, then this would be seen as "unfair dismissal".
It's also important to make a claim as this can help highlight the safety issues in the factory which may not have been taken seriously before, meaning the workplace safety will be improved for your colleagues.
Compensation payouts can help with your recovery
It is likely that a building site injury will cause you to take time off work while you get better, which could mean you lose earnings or receive reduced pay during this time.
Your compensation payout will take into account any loss of earnings, as well as other expenses you may have incurred as a result of your injury such as treatment costs, rehabilitation, medication, travel and accomodation.
The payout will also take into account the pain and suffering caused by the injury, and the effect it has had on your day-to-day life, social life etc.
Making a claim for compensation after a factory accident can help you pay for your recovery and remove any financial pressure so you can concentrate on getting better and getting back to normal.
Making a building site accident claim
You could be entitled to make a claim for compensation if your factory accident:
- happened in the last three years
- was someone else's fault
- resulted in an injury
To start your claim, or to find out more information, get in touch with the personal injury specialists at CL Legal...
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