Construction Work Injuries: Workplace Inspections Reveal Shocking Results

 Mar 22, 2011

Every year, thousands of people claim compensation for construction site injuries, and new figures from the HSE are making it easier to understand why. The recent survey has revealed that a fifth of North-West construction sites are posing a high risk of work injuries and fatalities. The inspections were performed at over 200 sites across the region and have shown worrying evidence that too many employees are being put in unnecessary danger.

This will be the fifth year of the inspections, and such poor figures are leading us to question; why do so many employers continue to fail their staff?

Minimising Work Injury

Over 1,000 construction workers were injured in the North West last year, and eight lost their lives. This is often due to the employer's failure to implement successful health and safety procedures. At Carrs we believe that an inspection shouldn't be the first time workers are aware of an unsafe environment.

We have prepared a safety checklist to help construction workers recognise when they should make a work injury claim, and how they can increase safety in the work place.

1. Reporting Work Hazards

As a worker, it is your duty to follow health and safety guidelines and report any hazards to your manager. By reporting injury hazards you are helping to enhance the overall safety of your site.

If you believe you are at risk of a work injury, make a note of all safety precautions and conversations with senior members of staff. Having a record of communication will strengthen your case if you need to make a work injury claim.

2. Work Safety Check

Here is an initial outline of what you should check:

  • Sufficient training for machinery/equipment
  • Clear health and safety guidelines - For fire risks, falls, maintenance
  • Thorough and regular risk assessments
  • Good emergency procedures

3. Work Injury Claims

If you have experienced a work injury on a construction site, you could be eligible to claim compensation. At Carrs Solicitors, we will review your injury claim and help you to build a strong case.

Our team have had years of experience successfully claiming for a range of work injuries and continue to hold an excellent reputation across the UK. Our cases have included warehouse accident claims, industrial disease claims and factory accident compensation.

Find out if you can make a 'no win, no fee' injury claim and call our Bolton office today on 0800 587 0746. Alternatively, you can fill in our online enquiry form.

At Carrs Solicitors, you will always have a senior solicitor who will personally handle every aspect of your personal injury claim and who will always be available to answer your questions. We are ready to listen and to offer free impartial advice in strict confidence.

No win, no fee, no obligation