Building Site, Scaffolding And Ladder Accidents
It is fairly well known that, unfortunately, working in the building industry can be quite hazardous. With the often constant flow of construction site traffic, the use of power tools, working on ladders and scaffolding as well as working in close proximity to other construction workers, the occurrence of accidents is all too common.
If your job involves working on a building site or with scaffolding and ladders you understand that by the nature of the job it can be dangerous. However, your employer has a duty to ensure that you are protected from any accidents as far as possible. If your employer has failed in this duty and you have suffered an injury then you may well be entitled to compensation. How much compensation will you receive? What should you do?
The Legal Oracle solicitors can answer all of these questions.
Common Causes Of Building Site Accidents
- Busy construction site traffic
- Falling debris
- Faulty machinery
- Inadequate safety clothing and equipment
- Inadequate training
- Lack of workers
- Toxic substances
- Asbestos exposure
- Dust inhalation
- Electrical faults
- Power tools
- Faulty or poorly constructed scaffolding
If you are involved in a job such as building, construction, surveying or window cleaning – to name but a few – the chances are that you use a ladder on a regular basis. Falls from ladders can be caused by several factors such as the ladder itself being faulty, the ladder not being properly secured, inadequate training being given on how to use larger ladders, nobody available to hold and steady a ladder upon which you are required to climb, uneven surface causing the ladder to move, falling debris causing you to fall from the ladder and the ladder being propped up against an unstable or uneven surface.
Common Injuries Caused By Falling From A Ladder
If you have fallen from a ladder your injuries will depend on what height you have fallen from, what type of surface you landed on and in what position you landed. Injuries caused by falling from a ladder can include:
- Cuts & bruises
- Broken or fractured limbs
- Head injuries
- Back and neck injuries
The common causes of scaffolding accidents include the following:
- Incorrectly, and/or unsafely, erected scaffolding resulting in injuries caused by the scaffolding collapsing;
- Inadequately secured scaffolding;
- The incorrect provision of safety equipment;
- Incorrect usage of scaffolding resulting in injury;
- Items falling from the scaffolding causing injury;
- Inadequate or unsafe foundations causing the scaffolding to collapse or falter.
Your Accident Injury Claim
Whatever the nature of your injuries caused by your building site, scaffolding or ladder accident you will be fully assessed by a medical specialist and provided with the appropriate medical treatment to ensure that you make as fast and complete a recovery as possible.
Your claim for compensation will include an award for your pain and suffering caused by the injury, as well as all of your out of pocket expenses. These can be substantial as it is highly likely that you will be unable to return to work often for weeks or months. Our solicitors can arrange to obtain an early payment for you to ensure that you can continue to pay your household bills.
Early Action Is Vital
It is really important to obtain early and specialist advice following your building site accident. The Legal Oracle solicitor will need to obtain evidence urgently by taking pictures of the scene of the accident. They will also need to obtain information from your colleagues and obtain copies of the accident book.
Our expert solicitors specialise in these types of work accidents and can offer you a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss the circumstances of your accident and injuries and advice on your chances of pursuing a successful claim.
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