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Construction industry accident claims

Leigh Day construction accident lawyers have particular expertise in dealing with claims relating to the construction industry based on our deep knowledge and understanding of the industry. That knowledge allows us to maximise our clients’ compensation because we understand how the industry works and are able to access the information needed to support our client’s claims and prove their losses.

Currently over 2 million people are employed in the construction industry which is one of the most dangerous sectors to work in. According to HSE statistics, health and safety in the industry has improved considerably over the last 20 years, however because of the hazardous and dangerous nature of the work there are still a significant number of accidents in the construction sector each year, many of which have serious or even fatal consequences.

Construction workplace accidents most serious in UK

If you work in construction you will be all too aware of the fact that yours can be a very dangerous job. Your employer and/or the main contractor on site have a duty to provide you with a safe place and safe system of work. Other companies working on construction sites also have to comply with health and safety regulations.

Although the construction industry accounts for only about 5% of the employees in Britain, it still accounts for 22% of fatal injuries to employees and 10% of reported major injuries. Construction had the highest level of workplace deaths of any industrial sector in 2012/13; 42 people were killed at work in the year to March 2014.

HSE’s chief inspector of construction, Philip White, has said: “Year after year, construction continues to be one of the most dangerous sectors in British industry. Though the numbers are down in the long term, thousands of workers are being seriously injured or made unwell by their work. Many of these incidents are entirely preventable.”

Have you been injured in a construction site accident?

If you have been injured in an accident at work in the construction industry you may be able to claim compensation from your employer, the main contractor or another contractor on site. This may be the case even if you work on a self-employed basis (CIS). Our construction accident lawyers have successfully brought claims on behalf of workers in all trades including steel erectors, scaffolders, electricians, carpenters, crane drivers, and labourers. We have secured hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation for people whose long-term health has been seriously compromised after a serious accident at work, or who have been left paralysed or brain damaged, and have also represented families at the inquests into the deaths of people who have been killed at work.

We are currently pursuing a number of claims including falls from heights (including scaffolding), demolition accidents, manual handling, faulty or defective equipment or machinery, crane accidents, burns, and amputation. Past claims include injuries caused by electrocution, falls down holes or shafts, being hit by falling objects, collapsing trenches, and the movement of construction site traffic.

Our construction injury team works closely with our asbestos and industrial disease team and our award-winning employment department to ensure that construction workers have the benefit of expert advice and representation.

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