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Common Construction Site Injuries

Construction is one industry which is prone to a lot of accidents and injuries. It has been estimated that more than 155,000 workers employed at the construction sites are injured on site per year. If the most common construction site injuries are considered, then falls will account for the major part of it. In such injuries, the spinal cord and back is the most affected part along with arms, hands and legs thereby resulting in severe ailments, wounds or even death at times.

At a construction site, the workers have to be really careful as it is one place that can have thousands of potent hazards. The susceptibility to accident sis increased multiple times if there are dangerous chemicals and heavy equipment and machinery being used at the site., in fact at times, rushed schedules of production where the construction workers have no time to spare at all can also be potential reasons to make a worker fall prey to accidents.

The usual causes of the most common construction site injuries are the following:

  • Falls
  • Cave ins or collapses
  • Accidents caused by power tools
  • Exposure to toxic materials like lead, benzene, vinyl chloride and asbestos
  • Electrical hazards
  • Electrocution
  • Accidents caused by equipment malfunction
  • Welding accidents
  • Trench accidents

Due to these reasons the workers may have to face serious repercussions like the spinal cord injuries, severe disfigurement or burns, amputation of the limbs, disablement of body and head injuries. In severe cases the head injuries may often lead to traumatic results for the victim worker. The expenses involved in the medical treatments of these injuries are very high and thus it is responsibility of the employer to ensure that the victim construction workers are reimbursed in such cases.

The law also grants the injured workers this right to claim for the injuries that they suffer at the construction site they are working. This compensation amount that the workers receive is to suffice for the physical and psychological losses that the victim goes through. This is also to cater to the monetary needs of the victim till he/healthy and can resume working. If the employer does not pay heed to the compensation requirements of the injured employee, the latter is entitled to forge a lawsuit against the employer to earn the deserved compensation amount.

Workplace Accident
Mrs P tripped on an extension lead wire which had been left to run across the floor of her workplace. She had previously complained about the lead however it was not rectified until after her accident. Liability was admitted early in the claim and Mrs P was awarded £1600.00 following consultation with a medico-legal expert.
"I was very sceptical to approach a "no win no fee" firm, but I was happy to have them help me. They were professional, concise and were successful with my claim. I would be very happy to use them and to recommend them."
Mrs P, London