Construction accidents can include:
- A fall from scaffolding or a fall from height
- Being hit by falling objects
- Crushing injuries
- Defective machinery or equipment
- Manual handling injuries and strains
Due to the pervasive danger present on construction sites, employers have a legal duty to protect their employees and other individuals on-site from injury. To protect personnel, employers will offer a variety of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect each member of staff from the risks pertaining to their role; whilst inspectors and engineers should examine on-site structures and machinery to ensure that they are safe for use.
Unfortunately, not all employers are as safety conscious as they ought to be. This can sometimes mean that employees lack the required safety equipment and training and this can later lead to injury or even death. As such, it is important for managers and employers to take all the necessary steps to minimise these risks and to prevent any injuries from occurring.
What causes these accidents?
The prime cause of accidents in construction is negligence. A lack of appropriate equipment and training due to employer negligence will usually lead to injury and in some cases, fatalities. Where victims fall from scaffolding, it is often because no guardrails have been used, or because the planking was not inspected prior to it giving way.
In other cases, tree fellers may lacerate, or even amputate a leg with a chainsaw during an accident; all because they were not given the appropriate protective chainsaw trousers or PPE.
In cases like these, your employer would be responsible for the injury as they have not fulfilled their duty in providing the protection required to minimise your risk of injury. If this can be proven, you would be well placed to make a claim for construction accident compensation.
Construction Injury Symptoms
The symptoms for construction injuries are so varied it’s impossible to list them all, but most construction injuries will be obvious, often resulting in broken bones, crushing injuries, concussion, electric shocks, burns and in some cases, head and brain damage. The symptoms experienced will be dictated by the kind of injury sustained, but there are some injuries that may not be immediately apparent. Some deep tissue damage can occur, or joint injuries can cause mild to moderate pain over time without any immediate symptoms. These can be due to overuse, exposure to harmful substances or because you experienced trauma that was worse than you gave it credit for.
Due to the wide variety of injuries that can be caused by construction accidents, your diagnosis will likely depend upon the circumstances of the accident; but often pain and swelling will accompany most breaks or trauma. If the initial injury was not so severe that you had to take time off, you could still be injured. As such, it pays to consult with your GP anyway, just in case your accident has the capability to cause long-term damage. When speaking with your GP they will explore a number of areas.
These can include:
- Discussing medical and work history, exploring your role and the equipment provided
- Any recent injuries, accidents or events that may have affected you
- Symptoms presenting whilst working or at rest that might be related to an occupational injury
- Whether symptoms are aggravated by repetitive tasks
Other injuries can be far more severe. Electrical shocks can cause irreparable damage to the heart, whilst falls from height can result in partial to full paralysis. If you have been struck by a falling object, you may experience a concussion which can take days, weeks or even months to recover from depending upon the severity of the blow. In cases like these, you may have to take time off work, incurring a substantial loss of income. The injury may be so great that you might not be able to work in the same role ever again.
In situations like these, added financial security can give you peace of mind and the freedom to focus on healing and potentially returning to work. So if you have suffered from a construction accident, you should speak to a personal injury solicitor to determine whether or not you can make a construction accident compensation claim.
Construction Accident Treatment
Your treatment will depend entirely upon the cause, and severity of, your injury. In the event of a fracture or break, you may be given splints, casts and painkillers to manage the pain whilst the bones mend. In other cases, you may be given drug therapy and physiotherapy to treat deep tissue damage resulting from repetitive strains or blunt trauma. Where injuries are more severe or where fire or chemical substances involved, the treatment and management of symptoms will differ greatly. At Asons Solicitors we deal with a variety of industrial injury claims; so if you have suffered a specific form of injury, contact us today and we will aid you in making a construction injury claim, whilst providing you with the support and advice you need to help protect yourself in future.
Construction Injury Compensation Claims
The scope for injury on a construction site is huge. The movement of large and dangerous machinery, falling objects, the use of hazardous substances and potentially unsafe tools and equipment can cause a range of injuries at any moment. For this reason, employers have a legal duty to protect you whilst you work in this environment.
Unfortunately, there are many employers that still operate dangerous practices that do not comply with current health and safety legislation. Some employers might avoid giving out protective equipment to save money, others may not used qualified professionals to inspect structures, machinery and equipment, whilst some may neglect to train their staff thoroughly, which may lead to accidents and fatalities.
In situations like this where an employer has been negligent in their duty to provide a safe working environment, construction accidents are likely to occur. The victims of these accidents can then make a construction injury claim for compensation.
As an employee working on a construction site, it can be too much to fulfil the requirements of your role, whilst keeping tabs on everything and everyone around you. Your employer should minimise the risks so that you can focus on doing a good job. So if you are able to prove your employer’s negligence and demonstrate the areas in which they have neglected their duty of care, you will substantially increase your odds of making a successful claim.
The sum you receive from such a claim will not heal your injuries , but it can help with a variety of home and medical expenses that can give you the peace of mind and security you need to get better and to return to work. So if you have been injured as a result of a construction accident, contact Asons Solicitors today so that we can advise you on the next steps to take.
I think I may be affected, what should I do?
If you have suffered an injury resulting from a construction accident, then you should contact Asons Solicitors today and speak with your GP. If you have suffered a fall, trauma or are experiencing other abnormal symptoms, speak to your GP immediately.
You should talk to your GP about:
Where your occupation has resulted in an industrial injury, your employer should implement safeguards to prevent further injury. A review of your role and workspace should be completed to identify problem areas so that new techniques and equipment can be recommended to prevent further exposure or injury.
Where else can I find help and advice?
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) provides plenty of helpful information for both employers and victims of construction accidents. It provides brochures and printed material for use in the work place as well as guides and checklists for ensuring employee safety. It also includes directions to other support groups that deal with specific injuries.
What Should I do Now?
If you feel that you have been affected by a construction accident then you should contact us to make a construction accident compensation claim today. You should also consult with a GP in case there are other psychological symptoms that have to be dealt with, such as stress resulting from the accident.
It is also important that you then speak to your employer, if a lack of equipment or training caused your injuries, your colleagues may still be at risk. Arranging for safeguards to be put in place for their benefit could save their lives.
How can Asons Solicitors help?
We understand that falling victim to an accident at work can be stressful and that the resulting injury, time off work and loss of income can be painful and frustrating. No one knows this better than our expert personal injury solicitors. Here at Asons solicitors, we can provide assistance for any occupational injury. By speaking to us, you will be guaranteed to receive the utmost care and attention whilst we deal with your construction accident compensation claim.