Building Site Accidents
Building sites are one of the most notoriously dangerous environments in which to work. The construction industry has a horrendous reputation for safety issues, and injuries on building sites are an everyday occurrence. An accident on a building site could lead to a serious or fatal injury, which is why employers have a duty to protect their staff from injury on a building site. Accidents and injuries on construction sites are one of the most common reasons for accident at work claims for compensation. If you have suffered an injury as a result of a construction site accident, you may be able to make a building site accident compensation claim.
Your Employer’s Duty to Prevent a Building Site Accident
Employers have a duty to protect employees from getting injured on building sites which is why there are a number of health and safety regulations in place to protect employees on sites. The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (2007) are designed to protect employees from getting injured in such construction environments. The Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 provide further protection and place a duty on employers to:
- Provide a safe place of work
- Provide a safe means of access to and from the place of work
- Prevent falls from height
- Ensure scaffolding is erected under competent supervision
- Prevent injuries due to falling objects
- Ensure equipment and materials are stored safely.
The Health and Safety Executive have also provided guidance to employers on how to implement these regulations. If you have been injured as a result of your employer’s failure to implement the above regulations, you may be able to make a personal injury claim.
Common Reasons for a Building Site Accident
Working on a building site can be dangerous due to the number of hazards present on a site. Obvious hazards on a construction site can include the failure to maintain the cleanliness of the building site, being struck by falling debris, falling into unguarded holes or trenches, the collapse of tunnels or other excavations, lack of personal protective equipment, faulty machinery, falls from scaffolding ladders and cranes, failure to properly plan the job, and cutting corners at the expense of safety.
I Have Been Injured in a Building Site Accident – What Should I Do?
If you have been injured in a building site accident as a result of your employer’s negligence, you may be able to make a claim for compensation against your employer. Before making a claim, you should:
- Report the accident to a senior member of staff on site. You should ensure that details are recorded in an incident report and request a copy of the report.
- Seek medical attention. If you have been injured, you should attend your G.P. or a hospital to obtain treatment for your injuries. Keep hold of any receipts for parking or medical treatment as evidence of your additional losses.
- Obtain evidence to support your claim. If possible, take photographs of the scene of the accident, your injuries, or anything which may be relevant to support your claim. It may also be useful if you can obtain witness statements from anyone who witnessed the incident.
- Contact Beacon Law. If you would like to make a claim against your employers for an accident on a building site, get in touch with us using the contact details below to start you claim.
Does it Matter if I’m Employed or Self-Employed?
Quite often, construction workers are self-employed. However, you could still be classed as employed for the purposes of making a claim if the company you work for controls or directs the work you are doing, or provides you with the equipment you need to do the job.
Therefore, if you are classed as self-employed, for the purposes of tax, you may still be able to make a claim. The law surrounding accident at work claims has progressed to allow tradesman to be considered as employed in certain circumstances. It is therefore essential that we are able to argue that you are employed as opposed to self-employed. If we can establish this as a fact, we are able to bring a claim against your employer or other contractor for a breach of your health and safety rights.
How Can Beacon Law Assist?
If you’ve suffered an injury through an accident on a construction site, then contact our specialist personal injury solicitors today for legal advice and assistance on making a claim. Beacon Law are a highly experienced Personal Injury Solicitor’s firm. We can assist you in pursuing a personal injury claim against your employers for an accident on a building site on a no win, no fee basis. We have expertise in these types of claims, and We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
To find out more about time limits, claim valuations, and support provided, please visit the claims process section on our website.