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Accident claims in construction

We are part of the most experienced personal injury law firm in the UK and have a reputation for being tenacious and tough in winning accident claims to achieve the maximum accident compensation to which you are entitled.

Construction accident claims

Every year thousands of people are injured at work and millions of working days lost when those injured are unable to work, or carry out their normal duties.

The largest sector is the construction industry, with over 2 million workers.

It is also a dangerous environment with almost 3,000 people fatally injured in construction site or building site accidents over the last 25 years. Many more have been injured, some seriously, in accidents on construction sites that could have been avoided.

Man suffers fractured skull when hit by falling objects

Our client had been assisting in the construction of farm animal housing when he was struck from behind by falling objects, suffering serious head and facial injuries.

Following strenuous negotiations by our specialist accident compensation lawyers, they were able to secure many thousands of pounds in compensation for our client's serious injuries, which were sustained in a completely avoidable accident.
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Duty of care - construction accidents at work

Your employer has a duty of care to provide a safe working environment for all their employees. A range of legislation, including The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, is in place to ensure that if your employer fails in this duty, and you are injured in a construction accident that was not your fault, you may be able to make an accident claim for compensation.

Many of these accidents are caused by the negligence, or breaches of those statutory regulations, by the employer. Every employer should carry out risk assessments to identify hazards and risks. He should then ensure steps are taken to provide you with a safe place of work, a safe method of working, and tools, equipment, and, where appropriate, personal protective equipment (including clothing) to ensure you do not suffer an accident at work.

Many employers now use contractors to work for them and if there is a lack of control of their activities, lack of training or supervision or unfamiliarity with safe working systems, this can also lead to accidents.

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Duty of care – members of the public

Operators of construction sites also have a duty to protect members of the public visiting the site. In the latest reported annual figures, 200 members of the public were injured in accidents relating to construction sites, 3 of them fatally.

The Occupier's Liability Acts of 1957 and 1984 provide a framework for your protection, and may allow you to make an accident claim for compensation, should you be unfortunate enough to be injured in an accident on a construction site or building site that is not your fault.

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Common construction accident claims

Construction sites carry their own unique risks and hazards as it is by definition a changing environment. It is also difficult to always separate worker access from areas utilised by vehicles and heavy plant and equipment.

According to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the most common types of accidents in the construction industry are slips, trips and falls and accidents involving manual handling. There were 21 fatal accidents in the last reported year where the deceased fell from a height, and more than 900 more workers suffered major injuries.

Other serious accidents which occur within the construction industry result from being struck by either fixed or falling objects, or being struck by moving vehicles such as cranes, dumper trucks, earth moving or digging equipment, mobile elevating work platforms, or heavy goods vehicles.

Trenches and excavations may collapse due to a failure to reinforce and shore up the sides. Workers at height can fall from ladders or scaffolding. Quite often, other workers are working alongside or above other workers with a risk of items falling or otherwise coming into contact with other people causing injury.

The operation of cranes and lifting equipment often involves several people and signaling banksmen where misunderstandings can occur leading to consequent accidents.

Many more occur due to a failure to use the correct tools or equipment, a failure to inspect and maintain that equipment or to follow a safe working method, frequently where work involves erecting or using scaffolding. The scaffolding has to be regularly inspected and checked to ensure that it is secure and safe.

Employers, main contractors on site and subcontractors must all cooperate and liaise with each other and devise a safe working method. The main contractor on site must take a leading role in this respect and organise all the various persons on site.

Hazard warning signs, protective barriers and covers should be located where necessary on the site and all other precautions should be taken such as safety lighting, fencing and designated accesses should all be planned and provided, Hard helmets, harnesses and protective footwear should be issued to all persons on site to ensure their personal safety.

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Clear Answers' expertise in construction accident claims

Clear Answers has in-depth knowledge and experience in winning accident claims for all types of accidents at work, and particularly those involving construction accidents.

Nothing can compensate for the loss of a loved one, or the sometimes serious injuries suffered, but making an accident claim for the compensation to which you are entitled can help with the financial impact, and help provide a secure future for those coping with the on-going effects of the accident.

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Construction accident news stories

Clear Answers' solicitors deal with a large number of accident claims for all types of construction accidents each year. Details of some of the many successful accident claims can be found in our Personal injury news section which is updated regularly.

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Making a construction accident compensation claim

If you are unfortunate enough to suffer an accident in the construction industry, and it is the fault of someone else, you may be able to make an accident compensation claim.

Strict time limits apply to bringing an accident claim, so always consult a specialist personal injury lawyer as soon as you think you may have a valid accident claim.

Clear Answers’ solicitors have been a leading force in winning accident claims for compensation for many decades. Contact Clear Answers on 0800 783 9019 to discuss your construction accident claim. Alternatively, fill out one of our online accident claim forms and a representative will contact you as soon as possible.

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