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Construction accident compensation claims

Injuries at work on construction sites

Construction sites are notoriously dangerous with a high risk of injury.

Accidents on construction sites can happen at work in a variety of circumstances and in some of them it may be possible to bring an accident claim for compensation. Serious injuries can occur as a result of falls from heights, from falling material, electrical faults, and so on.

Strict time limits apply for making a personal injury compensation claim, so please seek expert legal advice as soon as you think you may have a valid claim for compensation.

Health and Safety Executive professionals report an increase in fatal accidents

This week, the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) have reported their concerns that for the first time in 5 years, the number of fatal accidents at work has risen.

The BBC website reported on the latest figures published by the HSE, which confirmed that 50 people were killed in workplace accidents during the last full reporting year. This was up from 41 fatalities in the previous 12-month period. An additional 2,298 people were seriously injured in accidents at work during that same period.
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Regulations governing safety at work

An employer has a duty of care to his employees under the law of negligence. In addition, all employers are now subject to a statutory code of regulations designed to protect everyone in the workplace - employees, contractors and visitors. These regulations cover a number of key areas such as

The regulations now are framed in such a way that employers are obliged to avoid risks entirely if this is possible; if it is not possible, they are obliged to minimise the risk to the lowest possible level.

Construction site accidents

A particular complication of construction site accidents is that there may be many different companies on site.

In order to succeed in a claim for accident compensation if you have suffered an accident at work, you have to prove what happened, that it happened as a result of the employers' (or someone else's) negligence or breach of a statutory duty, and that your injuries and losses have occurred as a result.

Remember that even if an accident was partly your own fault, you may be successful in a claim (although your damages / compensation would be reduced to reflect your own level of blame).

Accidents that happen as a result of a mistake by a work colleague can also be pursued. This is the principle of vicarious liability which renders the employer liable for the negligence of his employees. This principle even applies in most cases if you are injured as a result of a prank by a work colleague during the course of employment.

If an accident at work happens, wherever possible always keep a record and take photographs if possible; take the names and home addresses of witnesses; keep evidence of doctors visited and treatments, and keep receipts for any injury related expenses. Visit our section on gathering information and evidence for more details.

It is always important to obtain prompt specialist advice.

Clear Answers' specialist lawyers will be able to assess which company or companies should be pursued for compensation in the event that your accident at work is attributable to more than one of the companies on site, will advise you whether a claim for compensation is possible, and will give guidance and assistance on how a claim can be pursued. Visit our section on information and advice for more details on making a personal injury compensation claim.

Successful injury at work cases we have dealt with

Clear Answers' specialist solicitors, Thompsons Solicitors, deal with all types of injury at work accidents. We have extensive experience in handling successful accident at work compensation claims, including accident claims on construction sites, and very many satisfied clients. Please go to our Injury at Work Compensation Claims That We Have Dealt With section to read just a few examples of our successful cases.

Compensation claims

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms.

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