Work Accident Lawyers

Work Accident Lawyers

Work Accident Lawyers’ Hotspot: The Building Site

The Health and Safety Executive’s report for the year 2022-23 shows why construction and building sites are such a hotspot for the cases brought to work accident lawyers:

In that year alone, 69 000 workers had been off for work-related illness. 53 000 had suffered non-fatal injuries. And a shocking 45 people had died – almost one per week.

Make no mistake. Building sites are dangerous places. If you work in construction and you have suffered an accident you don’t believe you were wholly responsible for in the past three years, it’s time to reach out to a work accident solicitor.

Because even if you think you were partially responsible for your injury or accident, you may still be entitled to compensation.

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Let’s explore whether it might be worth making a claim:

What Are The Most Common Accidents On A Building Site?

Building sites are dangerous places to be even if you are very familiar with them and have received full and proper training.

The most common work accident claims we make on behalf of clients who have sustained injuries working on a building site tend to feature:

  • Falling after working at height – from a ladder or through a fragile roof, for example
  • Being struck by something heavy – perhaps a moving vehicle or falling load
  • Contact with dangerous chemicals (such as asbestos), fumes, or electricity
  • Lifting and carrying heavy loads
  • Equipment injuries caused by heavy plant or faulty machinery
  • Vibration injuries, including the infamous White Finger

Who Is Responsible For An Accident On A Building Site?

The question of responsibility is often the one that determines whether you are entitled to any compensation after your workplace accident.

In all industries in the UK – including building sites and construction, even if you were working on a residential property – your employer has what is called a “duty of care” toward you.

These are defined in several pieces of legislation. Most importantly, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

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However, there are often many parties involved in any construction site accident. This means the responsibility could be said to lie with many people, including:

  • Yourself or your employer
  • One or more of your co-workers
  • The site manager
  • Material or equipment manufacturers or suppliers
  • The architect or civil engineers

How Does A Work Accident Lawyer Determine Responsibility?

Of course, the final decision as to who is responsible for an accident on a building site may be left to the courts. But before you make a claim, your work accident lawyer will likely conduct an investigation.

This may include doing things like interviewing any witnesses or examining the site to make sure your employer is fulfilling their duty of care by:

  • Conducting proper risk assessments
  • Giving you proper training in equipment use or site safety
  • Supplying you with the correct safety equipment
  • Cleaning up any spills or fixing any problems as they occur
  • Maintaining any equipment on a regular basis

If your employer has failed to do any or all of the above, they are likely to have breached their duty of care to you. This means you almost certainly have the basis for a claim.

How Much Can I Claim For After An Accident On A Building Site?

There are a huge range of factors that go into the courts’ decision as to how much you can claim after an accident on a building site:

  1. The severity of your injury – whether you can return to work or if your life will be seriously affected, for instance.
  2. The type of injury you have suffered – there is precedent for roughly how much compensation is awarded for certain types of injury.
  3. Costs to cover – the category of “special damages” covers things like your loss of earnings, the cost of your treatment, or the physical or mental distress you suffered as a result.

If your employer admits to fault, you may also be able to settle out of court. This may introduce further complications to calculating what is the correct amount of compensation.

In all cases, if you want to ensure you receive the maximum possible compensation for your injury, it is worth working with a specialist personal injury lawyer who can argue and negotiate effectively on your behalf.

Make A Building Site Accident Claim

At Grieves Solicitors we have achieved millions of pounds of compensation for deserving clients. We understand the kind of stress this kind of event can have on you and your family – and the additional stress caused by the self-employed nature of many trades.

We work on a no-win, no-fee basis, so you have no financial burden upfront.

If you think you may be due compensation following a work accident, our lawyers are ready to support you. Reach out for some FREE, no-obligation legal advice on 0800 0747 644 or fill in our online form to see how we can help you.

Here at Grieves Solicitors, Personal Injury Specialists, we offer a no win, no fee solution to funding your claim (a conditional fee agreement) which means that you do not have to worry about legal costs and expenses.  You can read about our no win, no fee agreement here.

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