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Construction and Building Site Accidents

Construction site accident lawyers, health and safety on a building site!

Construction and building site accidents are very common and often serious, in fact more fatal accidents occur in construction than any other industry, this is why health and safety on a building site is vital. Types of accident are numerous but the more common are:

  • Falls from height
  • Falling objects
  • Accidents involving fork lift trucks, cranes, dumpers and other mobile plant
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Lifting accidents
  • Fires and explosions

 

Employers have an obligation both at Common Law and under various statutes to protect employees from injury by providing, amongst other things, safe plant and equipment, safe systems of work, protective equipment, and competent workers. If a breach of their duty of care or failure to comply with regulations results in construction and building site accidents causing personal injury to employees or members of the public then the employer/operator of the site may be legally liable to pay compensation.

If you have been injured in a building or construction site accident in the last three years you may be entitled to compensation.

Common Construction Site Accidents

Falls: According to the statistics, approximately 1000 workers lose their lives every year while on their construction job and one third of these fatalities are the results of falls either from roof, crane, scaffolding, elevator shaft or holes in the floor.

Falling objects: These objects may hit a person's head and cause some serious injuries. The common injuries that are sustained due to falling objects can range from some minor cuts to the concussions, blindness and even death.

Crane accidents: Cranes are helpful for the workers as they allow them to build massive structures and lift heavy objects. Being extremely helpful, cranes can also prove to be extremely dangerous at times and the construction & building site accidents involving the cranes may cause serious injuries and even death of the worker. These crane accidents can be the result of high winds, defective cranes, lightning, electrocution and even falls.

Scaffolding accidents: On an average, around 65% of the construction workers have to frequently work on scaffoldings. Studies have showed that around 72% of the construction workers who got injured in a scaffolding accident connected the incident to the planking, the supports giving way, the worker slipping down or getting struck by some falling object.

Operating equipments: Unfortunately, there are instances when the construction workers are injured or run over by an operating equipment. For the workers, this kind of risk is increased especially when they are working on a highway or near a busy road with some heavy equipment. Any kind of lapse in the procedure can results in catastrophic construction accidents.

If hit by a highway vehicle: Sometimes, the motor vehicle drivers on the highway roads drive too fast or do not see the construction workers working on the road. When a worker is hit by a moving vehicle, he or she is either left seriously injured or even dead sometimes.

Electrical accidents: Workers who have to work in cranes or on scaffolding usually remain near the power lines and are the most common victims of electric shocks and other electrical accidents.

Dangerous equipments: The power and size of machines and construction equipments can lead to some most catastrophic injuries.

Construction and Building Site Accident Solicitors

Work related accidents are solely the responsibility of the contractors who failed to provide safe working conditions at the construction site. It was their responsibility to impose all the appropriate safety standards at the construction sites. You can also take the help of professional Construction and Building Site Accident Solicitors to get a proper amount of compensation in these accidents. Such lawyers can help you with proving that your employer was responsible for the happening of such accidents. To make effective claims for such accidents, it is very necessary that you take the help of Construction and Building Site accident claim lawyers within a stipulated time period after suffering unfortunately from such accidents.

It is the duty of the employers that they should impart proper training to employees about working at construction sites. They can impart training to them about how to pick and transport heavy objects. The employers should provide the workers with proper safety equipments like goggles, safety masks, safety boots, ear guards and visibility jackets and special hard hats. There can be very severe outcomes of Construction and Building Site Accidents and a person can get fatal head injuries and also die as a consequence especially if you are hit by any falling equipment.

Deafness Due To Loud Drill

The ear is divided into three parts outer, middle, and inner. The outer ear contains the eardrum which transmits it through the small bones in the middle ear, to the fluid filled inner ear. Vibrations are then picked by the fluid in the inner ear which causes the inner hairs to vibrate. These vibrations are then transferred into electrical signals and then these signals are delivered to the brain. Somewhere in this process the problem arises, but the medical science has found it difficult to find a cure to this problem.

Symptoms of deafness due to loud drill include tinnitus, temporary loss of hearing, muffled hearing, trouble hearing high pitched noise and permanent deafness which generally occurs when a person is exposed to the noise for a very long period of time. Sometimes loud noise does not cause complete deafness it makes a screeching noise in your ears, it never stops, and the thing which is unbearable is that you will be the only one to hear it no one will share the noise with you . This problem is defined by the medical science as tinnitus.

Eye Injury Caused By Dust

Eye injuries are a threat to those who work on the construction sites. It has been found that eye injuries caused by dust is one of the reasons for the maximum number of people dying in UK. According to a survey, there are almost 11,000 eye injuries occurring on an annual basis which is high as compared to the other occupations.

Dust is one of the major reasons for the workers to have eye injuries at the job site. Mines, construction sites, mills, textiles and agriculture are some of the major areas where workers have eye injuries caused by dust. Cement dust, coal dust, flour dust, and leather dust and grain dust causes irritation and can lead to redness of the eyes. The dust generated by welding can also burn the eyes and if not taken seriously one can lose eyesight also.

While one can recover from a broken arm injury but an eye injury does not only damage a body part but also makes one incapable to earn for his livelihood. It is the responsibility of the employer to take care of the workers and if he fails to do so and gets injured as a result, then these injured workers get a compensation fee. This fee can be obtained after making a compensation claim to get legal advice by professionals in the field and who would have dealt with similar cases.

Cooks Legal will help by running your claim on a No Win No fee basis.

Testimonials
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Accident in Supermarket
Mrs H was shopping for a small fold out table in a Supermarket. She reached to take one when the stack collapsed falling onto her right foot. X-rays to her foot showed no fracture but she was still forced to use crutches for a few weeks afterwards.

Within 6 months of being instructed Cooks had obtained a settlement offer of £2,000.00 which Mrs H was delighted to accept. She said
"My Granddaughter found your website and recommended you to me. Thank you for all your efforts for my accident claim, I appreciate your kindness. I received my cheque today and will be taking my grandchildren away on holiday with the money you recovered for me"
Mrs H from Devon