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Construction Accidents

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Construction Injury Accident Claim Lawyers Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee & Perth

Have you been involved in an accident in the construction industry In Scotland?

The construction industry is known to have a high number of accidents and injuries which is due to the nature of the work involved. Construction sites are environments with many hazards, heavy machinery, and high-risk operations.

If you are injured through no fault of your own, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and other losses sustained in the course of your employment in the construction industry. At Calio Claims we specialise in Construction claims and so are here to help you and offer no obligation advice.

Common Personal Injuries in the Construction Industry

Common types of accidents occurring in the construction industry include :

  • Falls from heights
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Struck-by accidents
  • Crane accidents
  • Machinery and equipment malfunctions
  • Electrocution and electrical accidents
  • Falling objects and debris
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Equipment related accidents
  • Hazardous material exposure

What duties does my employer have to prevent injuries at work?

Employers have a duty to safeguard the heath, safety and welfare of employees and other people who might be affected by their work activities.

This is covered by legislation including the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 and The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

To reduce the risk of the above accidents occurring, several measures ought to be put in place by your employer and indeed, if different, any party responsible for the operation of the site. Such parties should:

  • Assess the risks to you as an employee
  • Provide relevant guidance and information about these risks
  • Provide all suitable safety training
  • Undertake all appropriate pre-task planning and risk assessments
  • Provide suitable personal protective equipment
  • Regularly maintain and inspect all equipment
  • Provide all appropriate training and education on all tasks to be undertaken  

What should my employer provide to keep me safe at work?

Depending upon the tasks you are required to do, you should be provided with one or more of the following equipment:

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE). This can include hardhats, safety glasses, ear protection, Hi Vis clothing, gloves and footwear
  • Fall protection equipment 
  • Respiratory protection
  • Safety harnesses and lanyards
  • Ladder and scaffold safety equipment
  • Machinery and equipment guards  
  • Fire safety equipment
  • First Aid kits
  • Safety signing
  • Training and instruction

Your employer should regularly review, assess, and maintain your safety equipment.

What should I do if I am injured in an accident as a construction worker?

If you are injured at work as a result of an accident in the construction industry, you should:

  1. Report the incident as soon as possible
  2. Complete an accident report form
  3. Take photographs of your injury/injuries and the location of the accident and/or the equipment you were using and any defect there may be
  4. Get details of any witnesses to the accident and/or those who can speak to the task you were doing
  5. Contact us

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 been injured in an accident as a construction worker, please contact us today. Our skilled team are here to support you and help recover the compensation you deserve. 

Is there a time limit for personal injury claims arising out of accidents in the construction industry?

Yes, there is a 3-year time limit from the date of negligence or the date you are made aware of the negligence. That can be extended in certain circumstances. We recommend seeking advice from a personal injury specialist solicitor as soon as possible. 

For a free initial consultation to discuss your case with a member of our dedicated team, call us today on 0800 988 8082 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you right away.


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