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The UK construction industry provides employment for thousands of people and makes a significant contribution to our economy. While no one can deny how vital the construction and building sector is, it can also represent a dangerous environment to work in.

Building site accident claim guide

It is true that if you are working on a building site, you are exposed to the risk of injury more than would be the case in other working environments. Building site operators are obliged to exercise a degree of care in ensuring that the site is safe. However, if you are injured then you may be able to mount a Personal Injury claim for financial compensation to reflect the severity of your injury.

What does the law expect of construction site operators?

The operators of construction sites are obliged to meet certain expectations under UK law. Essentially, they are required to take reasonable care for the safety of their employees working onsite. This duty to take reasonable care covers a number of things, including:

1. Remove working practices that are dangerous

Employers must take steps to ensure that the site team are given the relevant training to work safely while on site. They must also design a process that ensures that the safety of the site is checked and maintained continuously. This can take many forms but can include regular site checks, and the marking of areas onsite that are dangerous or unstable.

2. Provide safety equipment

Construction workers use highly specialised, and potentially dangerous tools. Site operators, as a result, must provide safety equipment that allows the site team to use the tools while enjoying the necessary protection. Furthermore, the site team must also be shown how to use this equipment in their day-to-day activities.

3. Remove unsafe tools

The tools that are used on building sites, as with all other pieces of technology, will age with time and use. Some of those tools may begin to malfunction or constitute a particular danger to the site team. If the site operator is made aware of any such equipment, they must take active steps to remove it from use.

What does the law expect of workers on a construction site?

If you are working on the construction site, you are expected to comply with all of the rules set down by the site operator:

  • Wear safety clothing when onsite;
  • Take the necessary precautions when using power tools;
  • Follow the procedure when working in an unstable area of the site;
  • Report to the site operator if there is any equipment that is not working properly.

What does the law expect of workers on a construction site?

If you are working on the construction site, you are expected to comply with all of the rules set down by the site operator:

  • Wear safety clothing when onsite;
  • Take the necessary precautions when using power tools;
  • Follow the procedure when working in an unstable area of the site;
  • Report to the site operator if there is any equipment that is not working properly.

What happens if I am injured on Building site?

If you are injured on site, then you may be able to claim financial compensation from the site operator by making a Personal Injury claim. If you are considering mounting a Personal Injury claim call for help and advice on 01252354412 or complete the form below . For a successful claim  you will need to be able to demonstrate two things:

1. The site operator owed you a 'duty of care'

It is generally not difficult to establish the existence of a duty of care. All employers are obliged to take reasonable care for the safety of their employees no matter the kind of working environment, whether a construction site or an office block.

2. The site operator by their negligence breached their duty of care and caused you to suffer an injury.

It can be difficult to prove negligence. You will need to be able to show that the site operator did/ didn't do something that was expected of them, and that this caused you to suffer your injury.
If you have been involved in an accident onsite and have been injured as a result, then you will need to be able to provide the following kind of information:

  • Details of the accident – what were you doing and when;
  • Details of the injuries that you suffered – how severe were your injuries and what exactly caused them;
  • Safety procedures – what your employer had told you to do, and whether or not you had followed these rules;
  • Medical evidence – details from a healthcare professional on the severity of your injuries and the impact they will have on you; and
  • Photographic evidence, if possible, on the area where you were injured.

If after looking through our guide, you’d like further accident claims advice relating to a potential compensation claim, please get in touch 01252354412. Friends Legal can give you the advice you need wherever in the United Kingdom you are based (including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen & surrounding areas).

Discuss your position for free today. Call free on 01252354412. The contents of this guide are not intended to constitute legal advice and you are strongly advised to seek independent professional advice on matters that affect you. If you need expert advice from experienced legal practitioners, contact us today.

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Last Updated

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

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