Construction Site Accidents & Compensation Claims

Working on a construction site remains one of the most hazardous occupations in the UK. According to the Health & Safety Executive, whilst about 5% of all employees in the UK work in construction, it accounts for 31% of fatal injuries and 10% of all serious accidents that are reported.

There are a variety of reasons why the number of serious accidents remains so high on building sites including the need to work at height and the use heavy and potentially dangerous work equipment. A large amount of manual handling is also required whilst there are a large number of different trades working in close proximity often for different employers.

The duties imposed by employers on a building site are set out in the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007. An approved Code of Practice has been prepared by the Health & Safety Executive entitled ‘Managing Health and Safety and Construction‘. The existing Regulations and Code of Practice are due to be replaced with an updated version which will come into force on 6th April 2015.

The Regulations recognise that the key to achieving safe working conditions on construction sites is to ensure that health and safety issues are planned, organised, controlled, monitored and reviewed. This means that the employer must not only ensure that a plan has been prepared to identify how work is to be undertaken but also that employees are provided with safe work equipment and that they are adequately trained and supervised. In addition there must be safe methods to gain access to and egress from the site whilst suitable facilities must remain available to ensure adequate levels of hygiene.

Appropriate steps should also be taken to ensure the provision of suitable personal protective equipment, that it is used as required and that it is in good condition.

At Sintons our specialist personal injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in pursuing construction site accident compensation claims.

All personal injury claims are pursued on a No Win No Fee basis so you can rest assured that there is no financial risk.

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