Building sites are dangerous places. Accidents happen all too often and many lead to very serious injuries.
Common accidents involve:
- Falling from scaffolding
- Falling from ladders
- Falling through fragile roofs
- Tripping over tools or rubbish left lying around
- Metal strapping snapping and causing cuts to the skin or the eyes
- Falling objects
- Concrete burns
- Falling into trenches or unguarded manholes
Most of these accidents can be prevented by employers and contractors planning the job carefully and making sure everyone on site takes health and safety seriously. Ladders should be inspected regularly to make sure they are serviceable. Scaffolding should be properly supported and have adequate toe boards.
If you work on fragile roofs or at height, you should have a suitable harness to stop you falling. Hard hats and safety boots alone may not be enough to keep you safe from injury – you may need goggles to protect your eyes when cutting the strapping from stacks of bricks.
If you have been injured because someone else didn’t take enough care, you may be entitled to compensation.
We deal with all types of building site accidents and our lawyers can help you get the money you need to get you back on your feet.