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Construction and Building Site Accidents

Construction and Building Site Accidents

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Building sites can be hazardous and dangerous. There are often many workers working on the site in close proximity using heavy-duty equipment. Due to the nature of the work involved, workers are often concentrating on their own area of work and in this noisy and hectic environment, accidents resulting in serious injuries happen.

Your employer has a legal responsibility to ensure your safety whilst working on a construction/building site. The employer must therefore:

  • Provide appropriate training
  • Provide safe tools and equipment
  • Provide and maintain safe machinery
  • Provide a safe system of work
  • Provide appropriate supervision
  • Provide and maintain a safe place of work

In addition, the employer must comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and all regulations made under it including the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

Many workers are not necessarily employed directly by the employer but instead are self-employed or agency workers. In these circumstances, depending upon the accident circumstances, you are still likely to be able to make a claim.

Typical accidents that occur on a construction site are as follows:

  • Falls from ladders/scaffolding
  • Unsafe harnesses
  • Faulty machinery and equipment
  • Injuries caused by inadequate training
  • Forklift truck and crane accidents
  • Injuries caused by site trucks/lorries
  • Injuries caused by power tools
  • Failure to provide protective clothing/equipment

“This list is not exhaustive and if you believe you have been injured and it was not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation.”


Melanie Lidstone-Land | Head of Medical Negligence and Personal Injury

Your employer is legally obliged to take out insurance cover known as Employers Liability Insurance to cover them in the event of an accident. Therefore, it is the insurers who would pay the compensation and not your employer. Your employer is not allowed to discriminate against you simply because you are making a claim. Obviously, we cannot guarantee how your employer will react although in our experience, it is very rare indeed for the employer to be difficult. In fact, most employers are anxious to assist the injured employee to recover and aid a speedy return back to work.

Legal aid is not available for these types of claims and we therefore offer assistance under a No Win No Fee Agreement. For free legal advice, contact our specialist Personal Injury team on 023 92 483322 (Havant) or on 023 80 631111 (Southampton). Alternatively, complete the response e-mail slip.

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We have offices in Havant/Portsmouth, Southampton and Liverpool.

Call our Havant office: 023 92 483322
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