45 workers suffered fatal injuries in the construction industry in 2022/2023.
Over 61,000 non-fatal injuries occur in the construction industry in the UK on average each year.
The fatal injury rate for construction workers is around four times the all industry rate.
Common injuries in the construction industry
Working in the construction industry is dangerous, common accidents include:
- Falls from height
- Scaffolding collapses
- Injuries caused by faulty equipment
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals
- Accidents caused by vehicles and equipment
- Accidents caused by electrical equipment
Who is responsible if I suffer an injury whilst working on a construction site?
Employers owe a duty of care to their employees under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They require to not only protect their employees but also visitors to the site. This can include contractors and the self-employed.
What should my employer do to keep me safe at work?
To reduce the risks and likelihood of accidents in the construction industry, employers should:
- Ensure that they provide all employees with the appropriate safety training and education
- Maintain, replace, and repair equipment
- Undertake regular risk assessments
- Collect data regarding hazards, accidents and near misses
- Communicate clearly, comprehensively, and effectively with staff and contractors.
What should I do if I have been injured whilst working in the construction industry in Scotland?
If you have suffered an injury in the course of your employment as a construction industry worker, you should:
- Report the accident as soon as possible to your employer
- Request that the accident be recorded in the company accident book
- Seek medical attention at your GP or hospital
- Obtain all witnesses details
- Where possible, take photographs of the location or equipment and your injuries
What losses can I claim?
You can recover compensation for the following losses:
- Your past and future pain and suffering caused by the accident.
- The past and future loss of earnings following the accident.
- Medical expenses.
- Any necessary services or assistance provided by friends, family, or partners.
- Any costs you have incurred as a direct result of the accident.
If you have suffered a personal injury whilst working in the construction industry, you may be entitled to bring a claim for compensation. We specialise in claims involving the construction industry and can help you when you are injured at work. We will support you throughout the process, offer comprehensive legal representation, and strive to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Is there a time limit for making a claim if I am injured at work in the construction industry in Scotland?
Yes, there is a three-year time limit from the date of the accident or from the date you are made aware of the accident. That can be extended in certain circumstances. We recommend contacting us as soon as possible to ensure matters can be dealt with swiftly.