Injury Claims from Building and Construction Sites

Posted Mar 06, 2018.
The building and construction industry in the UK is a major part of the economy, employing thousands of people across a wide range of trades and skills. However, compared with similar comparable occupations, workers on UK construction sites are the most likely to suffer an injury following an accident. If you are unfortunate enough to have this happen to you, you may be able to make a claim for compensation that reflects the severity of your injury.

Individuals and businesses operating construction sites are legally obliged to meet certain expectations, and to take reasonable care for the safety of individuals working on such sites. These obligations include:

1. Provide suitable safety equipment – this needs to be safety equipment that covers the safe use of often specialist tools and equipment. As well as providing such equipment, they are also responsible to ensure that suitable instruction is given in the use of such equipment.

2. Ensure work practices are not dangerous – as well as providing suitable instruction and training in correct work practices, there must also be processes in place to ensure that site safety is monitored and maintained, all the time. 

3. Provide correct and safe tools – site workers must not have to work with faulty and unsafe tools, some of which can be extremely dangerous should they go wrong. As soon as faulty equipment is identified, site operators must take immediate steps to rectify the situation.

I addition to construction site operators, there is also an requirement that site workers comply with the rules, including the proper use of safety clothing; correct use of and precautions taken when using power tools; reporting any problems immediately and being particularly aware of the procedures to fall when working on especially dangerous / unstable parts of the site.

If you have been injured on a construction or building site and want to know if you can claim, you will need to be able to demonstrate that the site owner had to provide you with a ‘duty of care’ (which is generally straight forward thanks to modern health & safety legislation), and that the site operator breached that duty of care which caused you to suffer an injury. Proving negligence can be difficult, but in general you will need to provide the following type of information:

Overall details – what were you doing and when
Photos if you can get them, showing where you were injured.
Details of your injuries 
Medical evidence – from a healthcare professional on the nature and severity of your injuries and the impact they will have on you
Safety procedures – details of what your employer had instructed you to do, and whether or not you had followed these instructions

If you are unsure about making a claim, the friendly team at Bakers will be happy to help.