Slips, trips and falls – Accidents at work in the Construction Industry
The Construction Industry is one of the most common places for accidents at work with thousands of construction workers suffering from slips, trips and falls every year. Slip, trip and fall related injuries are the leading cause of accident at work claims in construction. One of the main reasons for accidents at work claims is due to dangerous conditions and poor site management.
The Law in the Construction Industry Work Place
Various statutory laws dictate that all constructions sites must be safe for all workers and visitors. Employers must ensure the health and safety of construction workers and specifically prevent slips, trips and falls. As part of the employer’s duty is to provide all necessary protective equipment to workers such as eye protectors, helmets, foot protection and high visibility coats to help reduce the number of accidents at work injuries in the workplace.
Sub-Contractors and Accidents At Work Claims
The main contractor and any sub-contractor on site, depending on the particular relationship, may have duel responsibility for their own workers, or other workers not directly in their employment. Whilst sub-contractors are responsible for their own safety, if the main occupier/contractor is negligent in providing a safe workplace or site location, the main contractor may be liable for an accident at work claim.
Common Accidents in Construction
Construction is a high hazard industry prone to accidents at work. A construction site can have many obstructions resulting in tripping accidents caused by tools, power cords, portable equipment and loose cables left carelessly on site. The use of improper footwear without suitable grips can also increase the number of slips and falls at work. Falls from different levels result in severe injuries and accidents at work in construction resulting in falls from ladders, scaffolding and roofs.
Falls at construction sits are the most common cause of deaths, average tragic fatal accidents at work relating to falls from heights reach 34 a year. Accidents at work in the construction industry involving slips, trips and falls cost society about £139 million each year
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Accident At Work Claim Examples
Below are accident at work compensation awards that will provide you with a general guide of how much compensation you may be awarded for a particular type of construction injury. Please take time to consider each link. If you have any query please do not hesitate to contact us.