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Every week one or two people die as a result of a building site accident in the United Kingdom. Thousands more suffer from serious injuries that are avoidable if employers complied with the safety regulations. Building is one of the United Kingdom's largest industries and has consistently registered high rates of construction accidents. Serious injuries and fatalities among construction workers continue to occur despite the fact that considerable resources are channelled into the enforcement of health and safety regulations on construction sites. Our building site accident solicitors are personal injury experts and deal with construction industry compensation claims on a risk free no win no fee* basis.

Building Site Accident Statistics

Construction accident statistics show that there are six times more fatalities on building sites than in any other industry. In the last 10 years nearly 900 workers and over 50 members of the public were killed as a result of a construction accident and almost all of the deaths and injuries were foreseeable and preventable. The Health and Safety Executive statistics show that construction site deaths account for a third of all workplace fatalities. The statistics show 47% of fatal injuries to workers were caused by falls from height, 15% were struck by a moving or falling object and 14% were struck by a moving vehicle. Three-quarters of those people killed in a construction accident or on a building site are self-employed or work for a contractor that employs less than 15 people and half of all deaths happen on sites with fewer than 15 workers.

Statutory Protection

Numerous laws and regulations are in force to protect workers whether employed or self employed from being accident victims. An employer must, amongst many other things, provide his employees with a safe system of work, competent co-workers, adequate machinery and equipment and protective clothing and safety materials and failure to do so will result in the employer being liable in negligence for building site accident compensation claims for any personal injury.

Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 and the Construction (Lifting Operations) Regulations 1961 outline safety requirements within the industry including :-

  • a general duty to ensure a safe place of work and safe means of access to and from the place of work to reduce the risk of injury
  • a duty to prevent falls with specific regulations for work over 2m. high
    • by physical precautions or provide equipment that will arrest falls
    • to ensure there are physical precautions to prevent falls through fragile materials
    • to erect scaffolding, access equipment and harnesses under competent supervision
    • to ensure there are criteria for using ladders
  • a duty to protect employees and others from falling objects
    • to take steps to prevent materials or objects from falling
    • to take precautions to prevent people from being struck by falling objects
    • to ensure that materials and equipment are stored safely

Employer Negligence

The legal duty of an employer is to comply with safety regulations and take reasonable care for the health and safety of an employee. An employer is required to provide competent co-workers, adequate materials, safety equipment, protective clothing and a safe system of work with proper training and supervision and if he does not do so and a building site accident causing personal injury occurs then the employer will be liable to pay compensation to the employee.

Workers are careless particularly when driving site vehicles and building companies ignore safety rules and require workers to lift loads with worn and weathered lifting cables, to work at height with no fall protection, to work in trenches without adequate shoring, to use defective tools and equipment and repeatedly subject building site workers to unsafe working practices and unsafe conditions. Unless the injured employee or contractor is represented by an experienced solicitor knowledgeable in a variety of construction techniques and the applicable safety standards then the potential for making building site accident compensation claims may often go unrecognised.

Common Accidents

Some of the most common incidents resulting in building site accident compensation claims include :-

  • roof related falls
  • crane accidents
  • scaffolding accidents
  • non roof falls
  • run over by operating equipment
  • lifting equipment failure
  • electric shock
  • trench collapses
  • fires and explosion
  • hit by road vehicle
  • compressed gases accidents
  • welding accidents

Building Site Accident Solicitors

If you have been injured our building site accident solicitors offer plenty of experience, a successful track record and a friendly helping hand to assist you to make a compensation claim. Our team comprises members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts and our solicitors have considerable experience in successfully pursuing construction accident claims. We specialise in securing compensation for personal injuries and expenses. We will carefully assess the circumstances of your accident and advise clearly on the strength of the claim and likely level of damages. Our building site accident solicitors are able to deal with compensation claims completely risk free as we operate the no win no fee* scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. If you would like advice at no cost on compensation claims from UK accredited experts just use the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices and an expert personal injury solicitor will speak to you on the telephone with no further obligation.



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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here