Construction sites and building sites contain many risks for injuries and are perhaps one of the most dangerous work environments. Using heavy machinery, working in sometimes hazardous conditions and working at heights can all contribute to the frequency of construction and building site accidents.
At Graham Coffey & Co, we know you are at risk of injury on a daily basis to do your job. We also know that your employer is responsible for keeping you safe, and we will work to hold your employer accountable if you have been injured at work.
Following are some of the most common types of building site accidents handled by our specialist team of injury solicitors:
- Accidents involving heights (scaffolding, cranes and roofing)
- Tripping/slipping/slip-and-fall injuries
- Off-site accidents involving unsafe work areas
- Accidents involving crowded sites/too many contractors on a site
- Accidents caused by lack of training
- Accidents caused by constricted working environments/confined spaces
- Electrical injuries/electrocution
- Accidents involving unguarded hazards, including uncovered holes and uneven ground
- Accidents involving heavy lifting
- Accidents involving failure to conduct risk assessments
It is the employer's responsibility to make sure that all contractors on a building site have received all of the appropriate training pertaining to the site and to his or her particular job. For example, a plumber may be required to work next to an electrician and, therefore, should receive proper training for working near electricity. Or, if a crane is loading or unloading, all of the workers on the site should receive safety training for conducting work near a crane.
Building Accident Case Study
Our Manchester solicitors handling building site accident claims recovered over £7,000 for Mr. K. who tripped over partially submerged rebar steel, which had been exposed by digging work at the site prior to his arrival. The employer failed to conduct a detailed risk assessment of the grounds.