Construction Industry Injuries
Each year thousands of people are injured at work despite Employers taking steps to keep their Employees safe. If you are injured at work you may be entitled to make a construction accident claim in which case it’s very important that you instruct a construction injury lawyer.
We are construction injury lawyers who specialise in construction accident claims, claiming compensation for Employees who have been injured at work whether that be in a factory, foundry, building site or elsewhere in the working environment.
What is a Construction Accident?
Construction accidents vary far and wide from falling from heights such as scaffolding or a house roof to trapping and crushing injuries to arms, legs, fingers and toes. Any type of accident at work resulting in a construction injury can lead to a construction accident claim.
What Types of Injuries can be sustained on Construction Sites?
• Burns from fire, electrocution or explosions
• Back injuries
• Broken bones
• Cuts or lacerations from using power tools
• Head injuries including traumatic brain injury
• Spinal cord injuries
• Torn muscles
• Sprains and strains
• Eye injuries and vision loss
• Hearing loss
• Respiratory problems
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the most common injuries on Construction sites?
These tend to be burns, fractures and back injuries.
Some of the most common include:
– Sprains and strains from lifting or carrying heavy objects
– Cuts and scrapes from handling sharp or jagged materials
– Burns from contact with hot surfaces or chemicals
– Fractures from falls or being struck by heavy objects
– Injuries from repetitive motion
Direct impacts or crushing accidents can result in all sorts of problems including neck injuries, shoulder injuries, elbow injuries, wrist injuries and hand injuries to name just a few.
Knee injuries are particularly common with the knee being one of the most complicated joints and these can range from a simple sprain to a torn ligament or meniscus or fracture. That’s not to say that ankle injuries and foot injuries are not at all unusual in the context of construction injuries.
What is the most common cause of injury in the Construction Industry?
Falls from height tend to be the most common cause of injury for construction workers and it’s easy to see why when you consider that employees are routinely working from heights whether on scaffolding, ladders, buildings and roofs.
Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry and these accounted for over half of all fatal accidents to workers in 2021/22.
There are of course many other ways that construction work can result in injury such as being struck by an object or being caught in/between objects.
How can Construction Workers prevent Injuries?
There are a number of ways that construction workers can seek to reduce the risk of injuries on the job.
One of the most important things, next to receiving the proper training, is wearing the proper safety equipment for the task. This includes items such as hard hats, safety goggles, proper footwear and gloves.
Workers should also be familiar with their surroundings and be sure to follow all safety procedures and protocols. Additionally, workers should avoid distractions and, of course not be tempted to take shortcuts and always use the proper tools or machinery for the job.
Who is responsible for safety on Construction Sites?
First of all the construction site owner is responsible for ensuring that the site is safe for workers and that all necessary safety precautions are in place.
It is also the case that the general contractor is responsible for managing and overseeing the construction site to make sure all safety protocols are followed.
Then there might be subcontractors who are responsible for their own safety and the safety of their employees.
Finally, the workers themselves are responsible for following all safety protocols and procedures.
Who can make a Construction Accident Claim ?
If a worker is injured at work then the reason for the injury needs to be established and whether the accident was caused by the employer or one of the employer’s member of staff.
The employer has a duty of care towards the injured construction worker and it may well be that following an accident the victim will receive workers’ compensation. In addition systemic changes may well be introduced to comply with any breaches of the safety regulations.
For the more serious injuries the Health and Safety Executive will become involved to carry out formal investigations of the incident to establish the root cause(s) of the accident. This will help to improve safety in the workplace and prevent future accidents from happening.
Are you an Employee?
If you are an Employee, your Employer has a duty to make you reasonably safe whilst you work form them. This means that they have to train you on an ongoing basis and also carry out Risk Assessments to make sure that the work you are doing and the place you are working at is safe.
You may well have experience working in a variety of working environments and if you are injured you have rights a need a construction injury lawyer so you can make a construction accident claim.
Are you Self Employed?
If you are self employed (such as a joiner or electrician) and suffer a construction injury you could still make a construction accident claim even though you are not actually an Employee. The Building Contractor or Sub Contractor could have responsibilities towards you and your safety even though you are a specialist in your own field. Just because you are self employed does not mean you cannot make a construction accident claim.
What We Can Do For You
We are construction injury lawyers and specialise in dealing with construction accident claims.
We will run your claim and make sure you make a recovery as quickly as possible and receive the maximum amount of construction accident claim compensation.
Carter & Carter Solicitors
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Ms Barbara Curtis from Birmingham