People working on construction sites are six times more likely to sustain injuries whilst at work. There are rules in place which have been designed to protect the health and safety of construction site workers, but out of all the industries, the construction industry accounts for 33% of all work related accidents and fatalities.
In this article, we will look at what makes the construction industry so dangerous, what are the common types of accidents that occur on construction sites and how you can make an injury claim if you have been hurt as a result of a construction site accident.
There are a number of factors which make the construction industry so dangerous. These can include unsafe working processes, poor site conditions and unsafe work equipments. In addition to this, accidents can also be caused due to lack of adequate personal protective equipment, lack of training, lack of supervision and poorly maintained safety equipment.
In most cases, construction accidents take place as a result of structural collapse, scaffolding and roof collapses. Being hit by falling debris is another major cause of injuries on construction sites.
Apart from these, there are two main types of accidents which affect a large number of construction workers. These include:
Falls from heights
In the construction industry, workers are mainly required to work at heights which put them at a risk of falling and sustaining injuries. The severity of the injuries and damages caused usually depends on the height from which a worker has fallen. It is important for employers to have safe working practices in place whenever work at height is being carried out. If an accident results from unsafe safety harness, lack of correct equipment or inadequate training, it can give rise to potential construction site injury claims.
Slips and Trips
Debris lying on the ground, oil spillages, incorrectly placed equipment and wet surfaces are all common causes of slips and trips on construction sites. If it can be established that the employer had failed to manage potential hazards at the construction site, then he may be held responsible for injuries caused to employees.
Making A Claim
Just like any other type of workplace accident, accidents taking place in the construction industry can also give rise to injury claims. But, to be able to put up an injury claim, it is essential to gather evidences related to the claim, seek medical attention to get the injuries documented and seek legal advice from an experienced injury lawyer.