What Are The Most Common Injuries Faced By Surveyors?
Many of the most common incidents surveyors make claims for are avoidable – basic health and safety precautions often prevent these kinds of injuries and accidents from occuring. When an external surveyor suffers personal injury on work premises, their harm falls under the liability of the site manager.
There have been a number of cases where inadequate guidance from the employer on workplace-specific safety has been provided to a surveyor coming to work on-site, or where necessary precautions in the premises have not been taken, causing personal injury. Building surveyors have sustained injuries caused by uncovered potholes, equipment left lying about in unsuitable places, or liquid which hasn’t been mopped up like it ought to be, as well as adverse environmental conditions that weren’t adequately prepared for by the employer – for example, preparing anti-slip mats to walk on where it has rained, or ensuring equipment is properly fitted for windy conditions. In these cases, the employer may be judged to be liable for any surveyor injuries suffered, and a claim for compensation may be built.
Other common cases are falls from height, particularly relevant where surveyors have to use equipment to perform roof surveys. Some cases of ladder falls result from inappropriate instruction on the safe use of ladders provided by an employer, despite it being their duty to provide accurate information on proper usage before work begins. However, the vast majority of personal injuries of this type occur when a quantity surveyor has been allowed to use unsuitable, faulty, or unsecure ladders or stepladders – an inexcusable problem caused by employer negligence. Conducting regular checks on the condition and safety of a ladder is an integral part of an employer’s responsibilities, particularly when most of the labour performed is at height. There are also a number of safety features which should be incorporated where possible, which include stabilizers, non-skid surfaces and a guard rail. Where injuries happen at work, the employer may be judged to be liable for any employee injuries suffered, and a claim for compensation may be built.
What Are The Responsibilities Employers Have To Their Surveyors?
The first step employers must take in order to protect their surveyors is to undergo a thorough risk assessment before any work is performed so that they are clearly aware of potential workplace hazards. Once these risks have been established, danger may be pre-emptively mitigated in particular areas, and information about those risks can then be passed onto surveyors before their work begins.
It is imperative that inexperienced surveyors are made aware of the hazards and risks involved on construction sites – particularly if the site is not well managed. Sometimes, it is best to assume surveyors are completely naïve when explaining workplace safety to best safeguard against potential accidents. In 2005/6, 27% (981) of major accidents on construction sites were caused by slips, trips and falls; and 25% (917) were caused by falls from height – statistics which included a sizable number of surveyor injuries.
There are a number of key pieces of government literature that define the rights of surveyors to work in areas where employers have implemented health and safety measures. These include:
The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSW), which requires all employers, including the self-employed, to assess the risks that may affect the health and safety of employees and anyone else affected by what they do while at work.
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, which will apply in cases where a principal contractor will be organising and managing the survey performed. The hazards on construction projects are wide and varied, and so the surveyor must report to the contractor and should either be accompanied or inducted before being allowed to undertake their inspection.
The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (PPEW) places emphasis on PPE, requiring that PPE, tools and equipment are inspected and maintained to ensure suitability, and guides employers on provision of instructions for the safe use of equipment should be provided. It is essential that prior to the visit, checks are undergone to ensure the surveyor is competent and has the facility to obtain the appropriate personal protective equipment. The minimum equipment required for construction site use would be suitable protective footwear, helmet and high visibility vest or jacket. Where this cannot be provided, resulting in personal injury which wasn’t your fault, a personal injury claim may be built.
Additionally, implementation of a Lone Working Policy is essential to safeguard a chartered surveyor who may visit a premises/site alone, for example during an out-of-hours visit, and might face a physical danger, accident, or illness whilst on the journey or surveying on the premises. Such a policy should list best-practice measures to follow whilst working unaccompanied. Where health and safety measures have been skipped over, causing an injury which wasn’t your fault, it is worth speaking to our solicitors to discern whether a claim may be made.
Our Experience in Dealing With Injuries to Surveyors
At Asons Solicitors, we understand how injuries sustained in the workplace can be painful, traumatic, frustrating, and even, in some cases, debilitating. From bruises and bumps to bone breakages and fractures, more serious circumstances have even seen individuals can fall onto dangerous tools and equipment or into harmful substances with devastating consequences. Whatever the injury, it is likely that time off will be needed to recover which can result in a substantial loss of income. Victims may also suffer negative psychological symptoms from being let down by a trusted employer and may even wrongly blame themselves for a fall of this type, causing stress and other adverse effects. A successful surveyor injuries compensation claim can help mitigate that loss of earnings, whilst paying towards medical treatment to ensure a full and healthy recover.
To maximise your chances of making a successful surveyor injuries on site claim, you should speak to Asons Solicitors today. We can act on your behalf to collate the required records and evidence to substantiate your claim – whilst providing expert support and advice every step of the way.
We deal with chartered surveyors’ claims every day, so we understand how hard it can be for sufferers to take this important and decisive step. The law protects those who come forward to claim compensation, so it is imperative that you do not fear for your job security when electing to make a claim. If an employer has been negligent in their duty to provide a safe working environment for you, or if their work has caused you injury as a member of the public and you have suffered as a result, compensation is the lawful way for them to make amends.
We understand that being the victim of a fall can be stressful, and that the resulting time off work and loss of income can be frustrating. No one knows this better than our expert personal injury solicitors. By speaking to us, you will be guaranteed to receive the utmost care and attention whilst we deal with your slip compensation claim.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) provides plenty of helpful information for both employers and victims of slipping and tripping accidents, which can help make surveyors aware of their rights. It provides brochures and printed material for use around 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 so you may find added support and information there. Shattered Lives is a foundation set up to help victims deal with workplace incidents which cause them debilitating injury.