Building and construction sites are dangerous places to be. There are strict rules and regulations covering the industry with safety standards that must be respected and obeyed by the main contractor on site and all subcontractors. Hazards on building sites include power tools, falling building materials, and scaffolding. The list goes on. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work lists some of the injuries which are particular to construction and building sites. The most common include slip and trip injuries, falling from a height and injuries caused by machinery.
There are also occupational illnesses that are particular to the industry such as asbestos related illnesses, asthma and other breathing and dermatitis caused by chromium in cement. If you have an accident at work on a construction site you will be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation.
Employers have a responsibility to protect their employees, contractors and visitors from injury and harm on a building or construction site.
If your employer does not do the above, and you are injured at work then you may be able to make a construction or building site compensation claim. You can make a personal injury compensation claim if your injury was caused by the negligence of a colleague.
You will be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay. Your right to sick pay should be in your employment contract or your terms and conditions of employment.
Do not accept compensation from an insurance company acting for your employer without taking legal advice. You may find that you have settled for less than you are actually entitled to.
You will need to prove that your injury, occupational illness or disease was caused by the negligence of your employer.
You start your claim using the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury (Employers’ Liability and Public Liability) Claims. You must;
HSE – RIDDOR
Citizens Advice – If you’re injured because of an accident at work
GOV.UK – Benefits
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