Despite a significant reduction in the number and rate of injuries on building and construction sites over the last twenty years or more, according to The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the construction industry remains a high risk industry for accidents at work. One in every hundred construction workers suffers a serious injury each year on a building site (HSE, 2014) and construction site workers have the highest risk of a serious, life-changing injury.
The most notable areas of negligence are repeatedly found to be:
Smaller building firms often consistently fail to observe basic safety procedures or comply with regulations according to the HSE’s “Unannounced Site Inspections” 9th Report, Sep/Oct 2014.
Whether you work with a small building firm or a larger construction company, you are always owed a legal duty of care to ensure your safety and protection at all times. If you have been involved in an accident or suffered an injury on a building site because of unsafe conditions, you may be off work or no longer be able to return to your former trade.
Your Legal Friend has an in-depth knowledge of workplace law and injury compensation and over 30 years of experience in successfully managing workplace compensation claims. We can provide you with all the expert guidance you will need to help you make your case and secure the best possible settlement.
The construction industry has:
- 13% of over-seven-day absence injuries
- 12% of over-three-day absence injuries
- 11% of all non-fatal injuries.
Under the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015), a site contractor has a legal duty to:
The basic guidelines are to:
All employers have a duty of care to protect everyone on a construction site, including:
What are the most common building site dangers?
A lack of adequate site management and control can often be responsible for a failure to remove hazards or enforce safety measures. Small firm employers can be wilfully negligent and flout the required procedures. Official site inspections often report the following site dangers:
One third of accidents on building sites involve site dumpers and vehicles reversing (HSE). Often a combination of poor planning and inadequate separation of pedestrians and vehicles can cause vehicles or their loads to strike on-site workers and obstructions, particularly when reversing.
Regulation 36 of The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM) requires:
“Every construction site shall be organised in such a way that, so far as is reasonably practicable, pedestrians and vehicles can move safely.”
Site contractors have a duty to protect all on-site personnel from the risk of being struck by a vehicle. A safe system should be put into place to ensure:
Personal protection equipment (PPE)
Almost all the large construction sites will display large signs to notify personnel that they must wear the basic standard of PPE before they are allowed to enter the site:
In many cases, there will also be a requirement to wear safety glasses and ear defenders, which can be supplied attached to a safety hard hat.
Under the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, an employer has a legal duty to ensure protective equipment is supplied and used wherever there are unavoidable risks in carrying out tasks in the workplace.
The basic welfare of people working on site can often be simply neglected, and may be a cause of health or hygiene issues.
Site management is responsible for personnel welfare and the provision of essential facilities maintained to regulation standards.
Small building firms
A small builder is generally defined as an individual who carries out work on:
An employer of a small building firm must comply with the regulations to ensure the safety of his workforce and members of the public when working on all and every type of residential or small commercial project.
Under the law, a builder has three main duties to:
How Your Legal Friend can help you
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Our in-depth knowledge of workplace law and injury compensation can provide you with all the expert guidance you will need to help you succeed in making your claim. We can:
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