Every year in the UK 274,000 people suffer an injury while simply doing their job. According to Health & Safety Executive (HSE) data, construction is a high-risk industry.
Although it supports only about 5% of the employees in Britain, it accounts for 22% of fatal industrial injuries and 10% of reported major injuries.
The number of people injured or killed at their place of work in Great Britain is hugely underestimated. According to an HSE report, two thirds of business leaders believe that fewer than 5,000 British workers are killed or seriously injured every year. The true toll is closer to a staggering 54 times that number. While the figures show that agriculture, forestry and fishing remain the riskiest industry sectors, construction is almost as lethal.
Construction industry lawyers know just how dangerous building sites can be. Workers on-site face numerous day-to-day hazards including falling materials, dangerous and defective machinery and power tools, falling from ladders, lifts, hoists and scaffolding, collapsing trenches, walls and foundations not to mention simple mishaps like slipping or tripping. All these can all lead to serious, often fatal, personal injury.
Many workers may be unsure if they can make a construction injury claim. Perhaps they are reluctant to take action against an employer or uncertain about how their employment status may affect their case, but that should not deter you from seeking legal redress if the accident was not your fault.
Our specialist construction injury lawyers have helped many clients with construction injury claims, recovering compensation for loss of income, any medical costs incurred and rehabilitation needed. We can talk you through all the options open to you, explaining the process of making a construction claim in plain English.
More about construction injury claims
As with all kinds of personal injury and accident compensation cases, making a successful construction accident claim depends on being able to prove that your injury was due to the negligence of your employer.
Previously in these sort of claims, the very fact of the accident was enough for the employer to be considered liable and at fault. However, changes to the law mean that the onus is now on you (the claimant) to prove that your employer was indeed negligent and that lead to you sustaining an injury.
Proving that your employer was at fault means that evidence must be gathered to support your claim. That is why it is important to work with expert construction injury lawyers who can assist you in assembling all the evidence required and present it convincingly.
Employers are required by law to ensure the health and safety of their employees as far as is reasonably practicable. This includes taking steps to manage and control foreseeable risks in the workplace. Of course, workers also have a duty not to put themselves in danger and must use any safety equipment provided, assuming adequate instruction has been given and any personal protective equipment is fit for purpose.
If your employer has breached their general and any specific duty of care towards you while working on-site and you are injured as a consequence, you may be able to make a construction injury claim. The relative of a person who has died as a result of a construction accident can also seek legal redress.