The construction industry is considered to be one of the most dangerous sectors to work in due to the many risks and potential for injury. If you, or a loved one, has been involved in a building site accident that was caused by somebody else, you could be entitled to compensation to ease the financial burden of lost work or costly medical treatment.
Lupton Fawcett’s expert solicitors have years of experience helping those who have been hurt at work, and will be able to advise you on how to make a claim. Contact us today by calling 0333 323 5292, or fill in the contact form to the right of this page to let us know a convenient time to call you.
Common causes of construction accidents
It is an employer’s duty to ensure that risks are kept to a minimum to keep employees and visitors safe. However, accidents do happen that can place you in danger and can cause an injury, from minor damage from which a full recovery is likely, to severe injuries, which require extensive hospital treatment and can place a significant threat on your life.
An injury can be sustained by:
- Falling from a height, e.g. scaffolding
- Faulty or defective machinery
- Being hit by a falling object
- Exposure to loud noises
- Lifting processes
- On-site fires
- Collapsing structures
Additionally, constructions sites can also be the cause of many injuries that are not realised until later in life. This includes exposure to harmful materials, such as asbestos, which can cause deadly cancers.
When can I make a claim?
Your employer must take reasonable care to protect you from risks and ensure that practices are in place to reduce the chance of an incident occurring. This includes:
- Providing adequate protective gear
- Delivering proper training to all employees
- Displaying safety signs in relevant places
- Checking machinery and other equipment regularly
If you believe these practices have not been followed by your employer, and this negligence resulted in your accident, you may be able to make a claim for compensation to cover your pain, suffering, and loss of amenity the cost of loss of earnings, medical bills, or any other expenses.
It is commonly believed that self-employed construction workers cannot make a claim, this is untrue. Read our page on self-employed claims for more information.
Case study - £27,500 for poor risk assessment
A long-standing claim by the client against his former employer for injuries which he sustained working as a joiner and fitter on a site for the refurbishment of a series of residences. The client was hurt due to poor risk assessment of the working practices on site prior to instructing him to attend to remove a bathroom suite. He suffered a significant back injury with a prolapsed disc leading to surgery and possibly requiring further surgery in due course. These issues prevented him engaging in any work-related heavy lifting which affected his occupation as a joiner. Liability was admitted, but the Defendant went into administration before proceedings were issued. The claim settled with acceptance of a Part 36 offer post issue after directions for disclosure of further medical evidence. The payout was £27,500.
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