Construction Site Accident Claim
Unfortunately, working on construction sites is still very dangerous and many workers are injured. Recent statistics from the Health and Safety Executive are that a approximately 60,000 injuries occur on construction sites each year.
Who is responsible for safety on construction sites
Construction sites are busy workplaces usually with workers from many trades working for different companies on the same project.
There may be a site manager, foreman, scaffolders, bricklayers, electricians and general labourers and many other sub-contractors. Also, there can be crane operators and drivers who deliver to the site.
All construction sites should be properly managed because if anything goes wrong the consequences can be devasting. If you have an accident on a construction site, you may not be sure who is responsible.
The starting point is to consider who is in overall control of the site and under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, the main contractor is responsible for overall site safety. It could be, however, that overall safety is good, but one person such as a colleague or someone working for another contractor on site has caused the accident.
Levenes Solicitors have over 30 years of experience of dealing with these case and using our experience we are able to advise you on which party is likely to be at fault.
I am self-employed, can I claim
Most workers on construction sites are self-employed and not permanent employees of the company they work for.
If you work for such a company, and if that company is to blame, you can still claim even if you are self-employed as the company is responsible for your health and safety.
Levenes Solicitors have won many claims where the employer has tried to argue that they are not the employer and not responsible.
As a general rule, if the company you work for decide where and when you need to work, and pay you on a daily rate, then you are an employee for the purposes of compensation.
All companies, including employers and other contractors have a responsibility to ensure the safety of workers construction sites. However, many accidents happen because the law is broken.
The most common causes of accidents on construction sites
The most common causes of accidents that take place on construction sites are:
- Defective scaffolding.
- Falls from scaffolding and ladders
- Falling into holes.
- Objects such as tools and materials falling from height or toppling over.
- Materials being dropped from cranes.
- Crushing injuries due to collapsing buildings during demolition.
- Cable strikes resulting in electrocution and burns.
- Being struck by heavy machinery such as excavators.
- Using the wrong equipment for the job in hand.
- Using defective tools and equipment.
- The carelessness of other workers on the site.
Why choose Levenes?
We work diligently for our clients to help them put their lives back together and at the same time obtain the maximum compensation. With us on your side, you can expect:
- Over 100 years of combined experience – We have proven results; we are lawyers who fight for you with a record of success.
- Strong litigators – We are not afraid to take your case to court if we have to. We stand up for the rights of the injured and not for the rights of the big corporations.
- Empathy – We pride ourselves on our compassion and understanding and we are easy to talk to. We always put your interest first and we treat you as our family.
- A personal approach – Your case will be handled directly by one our partners with support from our team of lawyers.
- A tailor-made approach – Every client is treated individually and not as a number, to achieve the best possible result that you deserve.
- Clear communication – We talk to you in a down to earth way. We avoid legal jargon unless it cannot be avoided, and if so, we explain things clearly and simply.
- Maximum compensation – We have the courage to fight for what you are entitled to.
- Full attention – We have the resources to focus on every detail of the case and consider every angle. We do not spread ourselves too thinly – you deserve our full attention.
The most common sorts of injuries on construction sites
The most common injuries suffered as a result of an accident at a construction site are:
- Wrist, arm and leg fractures caused by falls, tripping, slipping, or being hit by heavy equipment.
- Crushing injuries from heavy machinery or materials.
- Neck and back injuries from falling or lifting heavy objects.
- Burns as a result of fires, explosions or chemical spillages.
- Brain injuries and spinal injuries resulting from falls or being struck by heavy equipment.
Sadly, some injuries are so severe that they are life changing and in some cases fatal.
See an example of how Levenes’ serious injury claim solicitors were able to help a client who sustained injury as a result of an accident on a construction site.
Regulations to protect workers on construction sites
There are many regulations that apply to construction sites.
The most important ones are:
- Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.
- The Work at Height Regulations.
- The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.
- The Management of Health Safety at Work Regulations.
- The Workplace Health Safety and Welfare Regulations.
- The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations.
The most important of all these regulations are the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) as they set out the responsibility of the main contractor for health and safety on site. These regulations apply to all construction sites unless the work is done for a domestic customer.
Our solicitors will consider the facts of your case and advise you on how to claim and what evidence is needed to support the case.
Make a claim for a construction site injury
The time limit for making a claim is 3 years from the date of the accident.
You should contact us as soon as possible because although the law allows 3 years to make the claim, it is important that we can start working on the case as quickly as possible whilst evidence is still available and whilst the accident is fresh in the memories of witnesses.
Delay can prejudice the case, for example, if there is CCTV, then we need to ensure that this is not deleted by the Defendant.
The sooner we can start on your case, the sooner we can get you the treatment you need and interim payments for your financial losses.
How much compensation can be claimed?
The amount of your award for your injuries will depend on the seriousness of the injury and the effect your injuries may have had on your work and home life. As an illustration of the sort of awards that are made for injuries following a construction site accident claim, please visit this page.
When there are serious injuries, there is often a need for a number of medical and other expert assessments to be made before the value of your claim can be assessed properly and professionally.
Our team of compensation lawyers will also ensure that you claim for all losses that you can, including losses that you have suffered already and losses that you are likely to suffer in the future. Therefore, in order to recover all your financial losses and expenses, you should preserve any documentary and/or photographic evidence, such as invoices, receipts, etc.