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Building Accidents

Have you suffered a building site injury?

Safety during work is of utmost importance, and building sites are very dangerous places to work.

Building sites can be a dangerous place for workers and the employer holds sole responsibility for making safety arrangements for workers, visitors and contractors. Hazards on a construction site can be of many types such as erroneous power tools, falling construction material, defective scaffolding and electrical defaults. Building site hazards can cause serious problems for workers such as welding accidents, crane accidents, burn injuries, explosions, chemical burns, construction debris injury, electrical injuries, forklift accidents, defective safety harness, slip, trip and fall at the building site.

It is essentially the employer's duty to pay attention to the health and safety of employees, which will protect them in their place of work and from any potential hazards on a construction site. Employers are legally obliged to report accidents or incidents which happen in the workplace. It is essential to give the employee sick pay or else contractual pay in cases where the employee is permitted such payment through his or her contract and if the injured party requires some time off from work due to the accident that occurred at the workplace. Working within an office is a safer environment; for those individuals who are employed in a construction firm the danger of building accidents taking place is considerably higher.

Work-related incidents, accidents and diseases must all be instantly reported by the employer. Disease, death, incidents and injuries (including both minor and major) hampers the usual working of the employees . However, a risk assessment must be conducted through the employer to see what changes and precautions are needed in order to guarantee safety over the building sites for both the employees as well as any visitors. In addition, it is necessary for the employer(s) to keep an accident book, which records each and every accident and injury both minor and major suffered by the employees at the workplace. This can further assist the employer in tracking down the prime cause of major accidents, and thus reduce the probability in the future of further accidents by taking different precautionary measures for the employees.

Building accidents or personal injury compensation claims can be pursued for compensation where the employee gives evidence for proving the reason of the accident as due to the employer's negligence. These compensation claims assists an employee to acquire monetary compensation for earnings lost by them because of the accident occurring at the place of work. In addition, costs for the medicinal treatment of the accident injuries plus other monetary issues which relate with the accident, can be compensated for as well. To obtain the entitled accident claim amount, it is important to ensure that you instruct a professional and skilled personal injury lawyer, who will take the case on a no win no fee basis.

Employees can also contract skin troubles and breathing problems after inhaling cement which contains elements of chromium. Workers, who have had an accident at a building site which was not their fault, can sue the negligent employer for personal injury compensation. There are strict laws that state that the employer must follow and carry out frequent risk assessment at the building site so as to avoid construction site injuries for workers.

According to UK building law, employers owe a special duty of due care towards their employees. The employers must ensure:

  • They provide a safe workplace for their employees
  • The equipment being used at the workplace is safe to use.
  • An assessment of the risks involved has been carried out properly.
  • The work system does not expose the employees to any form of hazard or danger.

 

As in many cases, building site injury can lead to the death or permanent disability of the employees, so, care must be taken to ensure complete safety and security of the employees. As per UK law, it is compulsory on the part of employers to get insurance which covers all the employees so that they get some financial assistance in the event of such situations.

If a person has become a victim of a construction site accident, the best way to deal with it is to hire a building site injury solicitor to deal with the case. By hiring an efficient and skilled solicitor, the compensation process becomes much faster and easier. But the task of finding the best lawyer again involves complications. With the help of a few important tips you can search for a good and efficient lawyer in order to win the compensation claim.

Apart from general duty of care to employees, there are specific building site regulations related to working and construction sites in the following contexts;

  • Manual handling
  • Individual shielding equipment or tools at work
  • Safe exercise of work equipment
  • Control of hazardous substances regarding health
  • Construction- Design or Management
  • Working or functioning at height

 

The above mentioned building site regulations provide that the employer must consider and manage, as well as reduce risks and ensure safety related tasks at a construction site. If these regulations are breached, the probability of claiming compensation for construction & building site accidents and receiving it will be simpler if the person has suffered from loss or injuries at the work site.

It is the responsibility of the employer to provide building site safety training and to ensure that the construction and building site accidents are prevented, as well as providing a safe working condition for visitors, contractors and employees. The employer should see to it that the hoists and scaffolding are assessed systematically and thoroughly and must be kept in safe condition.

Employers should employ building site safety training and safe device working processes and techniques and should communicate the same to the workers of the site. The techniques employed should be updated, according to the progression of the work.

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Mrs B was crossing a pedestrian crossing pushing her grandson in a baby buggy when she was knocked to the ground by a car driven by the defendant. The accident caused a complex fracture to her right foot.   Liability was denied as both parties claimed the lights were in their favour. At trial Cooks were successful in proving Mrs B’s case and she was awarded £90,000.00.
"I would like to thank you and all your staff for your courtesy and professionalism in what has been a very distressing time for us all..."
Mrs B from London