If you've been injured on a construction site, you might be able to claim compensation
We understand that construction sites are dangerous places. But with proper training and equipment, you should be able to do your job safely. If you were injured in a construction site accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury.
Your employer is required by law to keep you safe
Employers are required by law to follow health and safety procedures which minimise the risks you will encounter when working on a construction site. If they've failed to do this, they may have put you in danger.
Perhaps you were working where materials fell, or your employer failed to erect safety barriers as construction work progressed. You may have been injured because of hazards at ground level during ground works, faults with heavy machinery or incorrect lifting procedures.
You may have been working with dangerous equipment, hazardous and unstable materials, or simply putting your body through demanding work and strain without enough rest.
If your employer didn't provide you with the right kind of specialist training, or failed to comply with health and safety in any other way, you may have a claim.
Your employer is under a duty to provide you with a safe place of work
Who's responsible for making construction sites safe?
Because of the different risks, your employer and site manager have a responsibility, or a ‘duty of care’, to provide correct, suitable and up to date safety equipment and advice. If they've neglected this duty of care, they've put you in danger.
Safety regulations are the responsibility of the Government's Health and Safety Commission and are enforced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). They try to ensure that risks in the continually changing workplace, including construction sites, are properly managed to reduce the likelihood of accidents happening.
As well as these governmental bodies, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work was set up in 1996 to make Europe’s workplaces safer, healthier and more productive.
Regulations put in place to help protect construction site workers include The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. A claim for construction compensation can also be influenced by Workers’ Compensation – a form of insurance that provides medical care for injured employees.
Our friendly legal advisors will take all of these regulations into consideration when looking into your construction accident compensation claim.
Types of construction site accident
Construction site accidents can happen for many reasons.
Working without a break
Your employer should be aware that workers need to take regular breaks as prescribed by law. Many people may not realise that this is the case, but failing to take a break could lead to tiredness which results in an accident.
Faulty equipment can also be to blame for accidents and injuries on construction sites. Equipment manufacturers must thoroughly test that equipment is safe before use, as even a small defect could cause that equipment to be dangerous. Again, it's your employer's responsibility to notice any faults and replace equipment when necessary.
Exposure to dangerous substances
Construction sites are often home to substances which can be dangerous to your health. These can cause problems that may not become apparent until later in life. Exposure to asbestos, for example, can cause cancer and is potentially deadly. This is another reason your employer needs to ensure the correct equipment is used, protective clothing is worn and safety procedures are always followed.
Self-employed builder David Carlile, from Bristol, won over £1,000
What to do if you have an accident
If you're injured in a construction accident, do your best to collect the evidence about exactly what happened. Get names and addresses of witnesses, if possible. Also, your employer should have an accident book, and it's important that your accident is recorded there for future reference.
We understand that construction workers often depend on their physical fitness to be able to work. Because of this, we realise that any injury you've sustained on site may have resulted in significant loss of wages. Your solicitor will factor this into the amount of compensation they claim on your behalf.
If you're ready to claim, or you'd just like to find out more, you can claim online or call us for free on . There's no obligation to claim when you call us and your call will be completely confidential.