The construction industry is among the most dangerous industries. This is because working in the industry often involves working with dangerous equipment and hazardous substances. There are many other dangers of working in this industry. Some of the main ones include working at height, hazards at ground level when ground works are being carried out, manual handling and heavy lifting tasks, etc. Extra care needs to be taken in order to avoid construction site accidents.
Although there are strict rules and legislation in place to protect construction site workers from injuries and accidents, there are times when accidents at construction sites take place. Construction site accidents often result in serious injuries. In the worst cases, they also result in fatalities. Every employer has a duty to ensure that workers are protected from injuries and accidents at the workplace. This also applies to construction site workers. If an employer fails to protect workers from injuries, then it can give rise to potential injury claims.
If you have suffered injuries as a result of a construction site accident, you must remember that you may be able to pursue a construction site injury claim. Accidents and injuries within the construction industry can occur under numerous circumstances. These include:
– falls from heights
– falls from ladders and scaffolding
– falls through roof lights and other fragile surfaces
– being hit by falling debris, loads and equipment
– being hit by moving vehicles
– lifting heavy loads and equipment
– being hit by machinery
– coming into contact with fumes and hazardous chemicals
– working with asbestos
– slips and trips
– burn injuries and electrocution
– industrial diseases and illnesses
– repetitive strain injury
– injuries caused by lack of adequate personal protective equipment
– injuries caused by lack of supervision and adequate training
– injuries caused by faulty machinery
Construction workers usually have to carry out physically demanding tasks and they have to depend on their fitness to be able to carry out their tasks effectively. This means that when they get involved in accidents and sustain injuries, they will not be able to carry out their tasks which would lead to loss of earnings. In some cases, construction site workers have to take considerable time off work which results in significant loss of earnings.
When a person suffers injuries in a construction accident, he is often eligible to recover compensation for his financial losses. This can include loss of earnings, cost of treatment and care, cost of rehabilitation, medical bills, etc.
Following a successful injury claim, compensation can also be recovered for physical injuries and psychological damages such as mental distress, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.