Building Site Accident Claims – A Guide To Claiming Compensation

There are many different types of accidents that can happen on a building site. This includes falling from a height and slips, trips and falls, as well as machinery-related injuries and accidents due to insufficient training. No matter what has happened, if you have been involved in a building site accident in London or anywhere else in the UK and it was not your fault, we

Building site accident

Building site accident

can help you to get the compensation you deserve. At Accident Claims UK, we have helped many people to get the construction / building site accident compensation they deserve. Will you be next? You can reach us any hour of the day, any day of the week, on 0800 073 8801. But first, read on to discover everything you need to know about building accident claims, as you may find the information you are looking for!

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  1. A guide to claiming for an injury or accident on a building site?
  2. Construction industry injury and safety statistics
  3. Who is liable for safety on a building or construction site?
  4. What steps should you take after an injury on a building site?
  5. Claims for accidents at work on a building site
  6. Accident and injuries on a building site as a member of the public
  7. Common accidents and injuries on building sites
  8. How to start your personal injury claim?
  9. Building site compensation calculator
  10. Building and construction injury case studies
  11. No win no fee claims for accidents or injuries on a building site
  12. Why use Accident Claims UK to make a personal injury claim?
  13. Contact us today to start your claim
  14. Useful links

A guide to claiming for an injury or accident on a building site

There is no denying that building sites are one of the more dangerous working environments. This does not mean that you simply need to accept that your health and safety are at risk when stepping onto a construction site. Nowadays, there are a number of different rules and regulations that are in place to prevent accidents and injuries from happening. This does not only relate to the legislation that is in place for workplaces on a whole, but there are specific laws for the constructions sector in particular. If your employer has broken these rules, you will – and should – be able to make a claim for compensation. After all, all employers – irrespective of the industry they operate in – have a legal responsibility to provide a place that is safe and healthy for all of their workers. Failure to do this should rightly result in compensation. With that in mind, in this guide you will find all of the information you need should you wish to make a claim for a building site injury you have sustained. This includes some interesting statistics, for example, the construction industry accident frequency rate, as well as useful advice on how to go about making such a claim. You will also be able to find out the typical payout amount for these fights, the steps you need to take following building site and construction site accidents at work, and much more.

Construction industry injury and safety statistics

If you are interested in construction accident statistics, including construction fatalities statistics in the UK and the construction accident frequency rate 2016 and beyond, we can assist.

These are HSE accident statistics for construction that have been sourced from the UK government website. The data below concerns the number of fatal accidents in the UK for the 2016/17 period, as well as details regarding how they occurred.

Source – http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causinj/index.htm

Who is liable for safety on a building or construction site?

One of the most important factors of any type of case is determining who is responsible. In some cases, there will be a number of different people that are deemed to blame. This is because there are a number of different people that are responsible for the health and safety of a building site. This includes everyone from the site manager and the constructions regulations coordinator to the designer and the construction company itself. In order to determine who is to blame, it depends on where you go injured and how it happened. Here are some examples that will help you to see how different individuals can be held responsible based on the ins and outs of what happened.

  • The site manager could be deemed negligent if they did not fully act upon the guidelines they were given by the client.
  • Negligence could fall on the shoulders of the construction regulations coordinator if they have not told the client about all of the vital health and safety standards.
  • The designer could be held negligent if he or she ignored the client’s advice with regards to health and safety standards.
  • If the constructions regulations coordinator provided the client, i.e. the construction firm, with advice, and this was ignored or overlooked, the client could be deemed to blame.

What steps should you take after an injury on a building site?

If you have been involved in an accident at work while on a building site, there are a number of important steps that you need to take. These are as follows:

  • Get witness statements from anyone that witnessed the accident. This will help you to confirm what has happened to you.
  • Find evidence to show that the incident occurred because of negligence. For example, if your employer has failed to provide the correct training or carry out the required risk assessments, this could show negligence on their behalf.
  • Finally, make sure you have the evidence required to support the severity of your injury. You will typically need to contact your doctor for all of your medical records.

Claims for accidents at work on a building site

Have you been involved in an accident while working on a building site? If so, you need to show that your employer is to blame for what happened. In accordance with the law, all employers have a legal duty to provide a safe and healthy workplace. Not only this, but there are further regulations in place that are specific to the construction sector since it is deemed one of the more dangerous working environments.

There are a number of different ways this could be the case. Here are some examples:

  • Failing to provide you with sufficient training.
  • Failing to maintain equipment and machinery properly.
  • Allowing you to use faulty equipment.
  • Refusing to give you regular breaks.
  • Unsafe working practices.
  • Allowing someone into the workplace that poses a threat to your safety.
  • Failing to conduct risk assessments.
  • Failing to act on the findings of risk assessments.

No matter whether the incident you have been involved in is in the list or not, we can help you to claim.

Accident and injuries on a building site as a member of the public

If you have been injured as a member of the public while on a building site, the Construction Design and Management Regulations are not applicable to you. Nevertheless, you can still make a claim for compensation. It simply means that the type of claim you will make is a bit different. This is because you will need to launch a private injury case against the occupier. This is something you do not need to worry about, though, as we can sort this out for you. This claim falls under the Occupiers Liability Act, i.e. the property’s occupier has a responsibility to make certain you are safe while on their premises. While this act doesn’t cover actions that are unexpected or purposefully dangerous, it does demand that the boundaries of the site are clearly defined and displayed. It also demands that steps are taken to make certain there is not easy access to the site for unauthorised visitors.

Common accidents and injuries on building sites

There are many different injuries and accidents that can happen on a building site. This includes the following:

  • This can easily happen when working in harsh weather conditions or when being forced to work without adequate breaks.
  • Equipment malfunctions. If machinery has not been maintained correctly or the individual using it has not received the correct training, accidents can happen.
  • Vehicle accidents.
  • Falling materials. Such incidents can cause severe neck or head injuries, especially as they tend to be caused by workers dropping heavy equipment.
  • Slips, trips and falls. There is no denying that this is by far the most common cause of injury on a building site. Injuries differ dramatically in terms of severity.

How to start your personal injury claim?

A lot of people expect the personal injury claim process to be difficult, but this is not the case, especially when you choose Accident Claims UK to launch your claim. We provide professional support and free legal advice. So, how do you go about making a case for compensation?

  • Gather as much evidence as possible. This includes getting a hold of your medical reports, taking photographs of the scene and your injuries if they are visible, getting the contact details of any witnesses, and reporting the incident to your employer.
  • Contact us at Accident Claims UK. We will provide you with a free consultation. This is a good opportunity for you to ask any queries you may have, and we will do the same thing too. This is so we can thoroughly understand what has happened, enabling us to assist you in the best possible manner.
  • One of our solicitors will then guide you through the claim process. They will be there for you every step of the way.

Building site compensation calculator

There are many different things you will be able to claim for if you have suffered an injury at work. This includes both the physical and psychological damage, as well as loss of income and any other out of pocket expenses you have experienced. We have also helped a lot of people launch claims for fatal construction accidents when they have lost a loved one.

Irrespective of the type of claim you are launching, you will probably want to know how much money you are going to receive. Firstly, it is vital to stress that we can only ever give you a rough estimate. This is because all claims are handled on a case-by-case basis to ensure fair amounts are awarded. In the table below, you will be able to get a better understanding of the typical payout amount for injuries that are commonly related to building site accidents. This should give you an understanding regarding the sort of figure you could be looking at.

Injury sufferedHow severe was the injury?Typical payout amount
Head injuryMinor - severe£1,000 - £307,000
Face injuryMinor - severe£1,000 - £12,000
Ear injuryMinor - severeUp to £83,325
Eye injuryMinor - severe£1,000 - £136,700
Back injuryMinor - severeUp to £122,350
Neck injuryMinor - severeUp to £112,750
Shoulder injuryMinor - severeUp to £36,500
Arm injuryMinor - severe£1,000 - £150,000
Elbow injuryMinor - severeUp to £41,675
Hand injuryMinor - severe£1,000 - £153,200
Wrist injuryMinor - severe£1,000 - £45,500
Finger injuryMinor - severeUp to £27,925
Leg injuryMinor - severe£1,000 - £214,350
Knee injuryMinor - severeUp to £73,125
Ankle injuryMinor - severeUp to £53,000
Foot injuryMinor - severeUp to £153,200
Toe injuryMinor - severeUp to £42,600

Hopefully, the table above has given you a better understanding regarding the typical accident at work compensation amounts. However, please do not worry if you cannot find the injury you have sustained in the table above – you can still make a claim. All you need to do is give us a call for more information about this.

Building and construction injury case studies

There have been a number of accidents on building sites over the years, and we can enlighten you to numerous case studies to back this up. This case study is a real example of a successful claim someone made for an accident that happened to them on a building site. This regards an individual who made a claim back in 2006. This happened when the person in question slipped on a construction site due to a loose brick. The employee claimed that lack of proper lighting was to blame for the incident. As per the Health and Safety Executive, this meant that the employer was in breach of the health and safety legislation in place in the UK, and as a consequence, the company in question was deemed liable for the building site accident that occurred. The person who was injured experienced a shattered kneecap, a right wrist sprain, and a fracture to their left wrist. The claimant was awarded £10,000 from the Employer’s Liability Insurance. This is just one example of the many conduction accidents that have happened in the UK. It shows, though, that no matter what has happened to you, or how severe your injuries are, you can make a claim if you were injured on a building site and your employer or someone else is to blame.

No win no fee claims for accidents or injuries on a building site

One of the main features of our service is that we will handle any claim for a building site accident on a No Win, No Fee basis. If you have never required any sort of legal service before, you may be unfamiliar with the No Win, No Fee approach. This is a payment structure whereby legal fees are only demanded for building site accident claims that are successful. If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault and your solicitor makes a claim for you, they will receive a percentage of the payout for their service. This will be a percentage that you have both agreed on beforehand. If compensation is not secured, you do not need to pay a penny. This makes certain that you will never be out of pocket if you make a claim. Not only do you get the financial security that comes with this sort of legal service, but also you can be certain that your solicitor will be working as hard as possible to secure the maximum payout amount because this type of service holds them accountable. This is not always the case if you merely work with a solicitor that charges per hour as the accountability is not quite as prevalent and it may lead to not enough care and attention being given to the finer details of your case.

Why use Accident Claims UK to make a personal injury claim?

Needless to say, there are many different legal firms in the UK. However, when you launch a claim for a building site accident, you need to make sure you have the very best law firm by your side. After all, you do not get a second chance to make a claim for compensation, so you cannot afford to cut corners or take any risks. This is something you do not need to worry about with Accident Claims UK. We have years of experience when it comes to building site compensation claims, and an excellent reputation and track record to back it up. When you contact us, we will always provide you with free legal advice and the best solicitor for your case. This will be a specialist solicitor that has up to 30 years of experience. Unlike a lot of other claim companies, we genuinely care about all of our customers and we put your needs first.

Contact us today to start your claim

The only thing left to do now is contact Accident Claims UK so that you can start the process of getting the personal injury compensation you deserve. Our team of advisors are incredibly friendly, understanding, and professional. They all have years of experience and will be more than happy to assist you in any manner possible. Not only are we happy to answer any query, big or small, but all of our legal advice is provided free of charge and there is no obligation to continue with our service.

There are a number of different ways that you can make contact with us. The most popular option is to call our legal helpline on 0800 073 8801. This line is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, so you can call at any time that is convenient for you. If you would prefer, you can request a call back via our website and we will contact you on the number provided as soon as possible. In addition to this, you can also reach us via live chat or you can send an email to office@accidentclaims.co.uk. This email is manned on weekdays and we aim to respond within three hours from Monday to Friday. We look forward to hearing from you and getting you the justice that you deserve for your building site accident today.

Useful links

Accident At Work Claim Compensation Amounts

Find out how much you can claim for a accident at work.

GB accident at work information

This link takes you to a publication on the amount and type of fatal injury statistics which has been provided by the UK Government’s HSE.

What symptoms might you have?

This is the link for the NHS symptom checker. This can assist those that have sustained an injury and are experiencing symptoms, which they would like further information about.