Construction site accidents
Accidents on Construction sites are far too common. This is partly due the fact that a number of different types of specialists (bricklayers, joiners, scaffolders) are having to work together in a confined area and often with different and varying standards of safety and procedures.
But it is also often that the person or public body responsible for the overall safety of the site has simply not taken enough care over the arrangements or not properly checked that any safety procedures have been properly implemented.
Whatever the cause accidents on a Construction site very often result in very serious and sometimes fatal injuries and such accidents can commonly occur in the following circumstances:
- Being struck by falling loads or equipment
- Lifting heavy loads without proper training and supervision
- Working with asbestos without proper protection
- Not being provided with adequate equipment or clothing (such as a hard hat)
- Accidents caused by faulty plant or machinery
- Being hit by moving vehicles such as fork lift truck or bulldozer
- Falling from a height or from ladders or scaffolding.
O’Neill Injury Solicitors have over the years brought countless claims for accidents on Construction Sites and can advise on your chances of being successful with any potential claim as well as the amount you may be entitled to..
What sort of compensation might you receive?
Compensation for a construction site injury is to cover for the pain and suffering and distress caused by the injury and also for any loss of earnings, medical fees, rehabilitation costs- in fact any financial loss that has been caused by the accident. As far as possible you should keep any record (such as receipts, prescriptions etc) of payments you have made for things bought as a result of the injury. O’Neill Injury Solicitors will advise further on this in more detail in due course as necessary.
What should I do if I have had an accident on a Construction Site?
If you have had an accident on a Construction site however minor you should ensure that you take the following steps if possible (and as soon as you can after the accident)
- Report the accident to your employer or supervisor and make sure it is recorded in the accident book (your employer is required by law to keep such an accident book recording all injuries in the workplace)
- Take photographs of where you had the accident
- Take photos of any of your injuries such as cuts or abrasions as soon as possible after the accident
- Keep a record of any potential witnesses to the accident who may be able to help in any future claim as necessary.
Is there a time limit for bringing a Claim?
Yes, there are strict time limits for bringing a claim if you have had an accident on a Construction site within the last three years so you should contact O’Neill Injury Solicitors immediately. You are guaranteed to receive prompt and friendly advice from an independent qualified and regulated Solicitor- not a call centre operator or representative of an insurer.
We offer No Win No Fee Agreements to progress your claim- so if you don’t win you pay nothing.
At O’Neill Injury Solicitors you will also speak from the start with a properly qualified and experienced Solicitor who will in most circumstances be the person who takes on the case and who deals with it throughout.