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Personal Injury Law > Accidents at Work > Building Site Accidents

Construction Site Accidents

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Construction is a high risk industry and around one third of all work place fatalities occur in construction.

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Many thousands of employees are injured each year and such incidents often have a significant and long lasting effect on the individual involved, their colleagues, family and friends.

At Canter Levin & Berg we have years of experience dealing with accidents that occur on building sites. Building site accidents can sometimes be tricky to pursue but we have the relevant knowledge to assist you if you have been injured on a building site as a result of someone else’s negligence.

Over the last 50 years, health and safety practices on building sites have been substantially modernised as part of efforts to reduce the number of accidents and injuries that occur. The main principle behind The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (2007) is to reduce the risk to health and safety during construction. Construction however remains a disproportionately dangerous industry where further improvements in health and safety are still urgently needed. Accidents still happen and in some tragic cases, these accidents prove fatal.

Working in construction can be a dangerous profession, but your employer and the main site contractors should take every step to minimise the risk that you will suffer an injury whilst you are on a building site. Building sites should be risk-assessed and steps should be taken so that the risk of forseeable accidents such as slips and trips is eliminated or controlled. If possible work should be undertaken from ground level. The use of towers, scaffolds, platforms and ladders used as a last resort and fall restraints and safety netting put in place whenever working at height. Those in control of the site should assess risks such as structural collapse of the building or any scaffolding being used. Cranes and vehicles should only be operated by a fully trained competent person.

Claiming compensation after an accident on a building site

Here at Canter Levin & Berg we have the experience to deal with the difficult legal aspects in pursuing compensation claims for people injured in accidents on building sites. Our solicitors investigate the circumstances of each building site accident in order to answer these vital questions:

  • Who owes you a duty of care?
  • Who is the correct Defendant?
  • Are you an employee or subcontractor and does the person who caused your accident have insurance?

On a large building site there may be hundreds of people at work at any one time, with dozens of contractors and sub-contracts having their staff on-site. There may be a number of Defendants who could be responsible for your accident. Using our expertise as personal injury solicitors we will investigate the circumstances of your building site accident to find out who was responsible, so we can pursue them to secure your personal injury compensation.

If you have had an accident on a building site then we are here to help you today. Call us today on 0151 239 1180 and we can advise you if you have a potential case against your employer or any other company involved in your accident.

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