How Do Construction Site Accident Claims Work?

Are you interested in knowing how a personal injury solicitor would value your construction site accident claim? Were you injured on site because of deficient or missing health and safety provisions? Did it leave you with an injury? This guide will explain what evidence can support your claim for damages after an accident on a construction site.

Construction site accident

Construction site accident

At Public Interest Lawyers we could connect you with experts in calculating personal injury compensation after construction site accidents. Working with them under a No Win No Fee agreement could enable you to start a claim in minutes.

So whether you are an employee, a contractor, or any other person injured on a construction site, find out more by reading on or:

  • Contact our team for a free initial consultation on 0800 408 7825
  • Request a ‘call back’ when you contact us
  • Use the ‘live support’ option below

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  1. What Happens If There Is An Accident On A Construction Site?
  2. Health And Safety In Construction
  3. Causes Of Accidents On Construction Sites
  4. Who Is Liable For Construction Site Accidents?
  5. Construction Site Accident Claims Calculator
  6. Get Advice On Construction Site Accident Claims

What Happens If There Is An Accident On A Construction Site?

Construction sites are places of work like anywhere else but because of the obvious risks, they are subject to even more rigorous health and safety regulations for employers to follow. In addition to Section 2 of the Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974, there are many others types of legislation that construction site owners must apply to their working environment every day.

The Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974 places a duty of care on all employers to provide as far as can be reasonably expected a safe place to work.

In the seemingly chaotic environment of a construction site, there are many potential hazards. Obviously, no place of work is 100% safe, buildings sites have their fair share of hazards. To identify and reduce these hazards a key part of an employer’s duty of care is to risk assess, train appropriately, provide where needed personal protective equipment and supervise dangerous tasks.

Any accident on a construction site that leads to injury and can be proven to be the fault of those in charge could make them liable for associated damages to that employee. If this happened to you, we can advise what evidence to put together to ensure you have the best chance of being compensated in your construction site accident claim.

Health And Safety In Construction

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 requires enhancements to basic health and safety law in recognition of how high risk a construction site can be. Construction site owners and managers could do the following to create a safer workspace;

  • Plan construction site work sensibly
  • Ensure the correct people for the right job are used
  • Co-operate and coordinate with others
  • Understand the exact nature of construction site risks and how to manage them
  • Communicate information effectively
  • Consult and engage with workers about the risks

In addition to this, detailed HSE guidance is available about how to run a construction site at every stage of its development. It concentrates on safety topics, in particular construction sites and ways to assess and eliminate areas of potential risk.

Health and Safety Statistics

According to HSE statistics, during the period 2018/19-2020/21 there were an estimated 74,000 work-related ill health cases in the construction industry (new or long-standing). Over half (54%) of which were musculoskeletal disorders. There were 39 fatal injuries to construction site workers and 4 to members of the public in 2020/21.

Causes Of Accidents On Construction Sites

Not every accident on a construction site is automatically the fault of the employer or site operator. Under the health and safety legislation, employees and contractors have a duty to take as much care of themselves and others as well. But construction site injuries can happen in a number of ways and can include:

  • Falls from a height
  • Objects falling onto workers
  • Slips, trips, and falls of all severity
  • Issues arising from the lack of proper personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hard hats and steel toe boots
  • Equipment malfunctions or vehicle accidents
  • Vibrating tools and exposure to loud or constant noise
  • Exposure to chemicals or toxic materials
  • Accidents caused by harsh weather conditions

Accidents such as these could cause severe head injuries, fractures, broken backs or burns, and even death. Even if the exact circumstances of your accident are not listed here you may still have a valid construction site accident claim. Get in touch with our advisors for help.

Who Is Liable For Construction Site Accidents?

The Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974 defines UK employers’ responsibilities to their employees and contractors. Any accident that directly causes injury because of their failure to apply this law could make them liable to pay compensation.

As a self-employed contractor, you could receive the same protection whilst working on-site where you may be considered an ’employee’.

As a member of the public injured on a building site the Occupiers Liability Act, 1957 is the appropriate legislation to refer to. At Public Interest Lawyers we can help you with your construction site accident claim if injured as a member of the public.

What Evidence Could Support Your Claim?

In the aftermath of a construction site accident getting correct medical treatment is the first priority. If the accident was the result of negligence on the part of your employer or site management, you may be considering a personal injury claim. It’s important to start assembling evidence to prove your case if so. This can include:

  • Completing an accident book report
  • Informing the safety representative on site
  • Asking colleagues or witnesses if they would be willing to give their details for a statement
  • Gathering CCTV or taking photos of the scene
  • Seeking legal advice

Importantly, you are perfectly free to represent your own personal injury claims after a construction site accident. But it could help you concentrate on your recovery if you had help on how to prove your personal injury claim.

In addition to this, there is a three-year time limit for claims so it’s best to start as soon as you can. Speak with our team to see how legal representation could help you.

Construction Site Accident Claims Calculator

Calculating your construction site accident claim starts with a medical appointment and assessment of your injuries. This is something a personal injury specialist can arrange for you.

Your injuries may be compared to those listed in the Judicial College Guidelines. This publication provides guideline compensation brackets. General damages compensation reflects the pain, loss of amenity, and suffering caused to you, as the table shows:

Injuryhow severe?JC Guidelines award bracketnotes
headmoderately severe (b)£205,580 to £264,650the claimant will have substantial dependence on others, a need for constant professional and other care.
headmoderate (c) (i)£140,870 to £205,580personality change, impact on speech or eyesight
headless severe (d)£14,380 to £40,410good recovery but risk of epilepsy.
backsevere (a) (i)£85,470 to £151,070severe pain, disability, and partial paralysis
backmoderate (b) (i)£26,050 to £36,390compression and fracture damage to vertebrae
elbowless severe (b)£14,690 to £30,050impaired function that does not require surgery
legserious (iii)£36,790 to £51,460serious fractures, scarring and prolonged treatment
kneesevere (a) (i)£65,440 to £90,290acute pain, loss of function, need for surgery
anklesevere (b) £29,380 to £46,980need for surgical pins or long period in plaster
burnssevereLikely to exceed
burns that cover more than 40% of the body

These amounts are only guides, not guarantees.

Special damages can be the second amount added to your building site accident claim request but they need solid documented proof which shows any financial harm caused to you. This could include things like loss of earnings, medical costs, or travel expenses.

You can even claim for the time family or friends took to help you at home while you recovered.  Speak to our advisors to see what else you may qualify for with the right documents to prove it.

Get Advice On Construction Site Accident Claims

Your construction site accident claim could be easier with legal representation but you might have anxieties about the costs? A personal injury lawyer offering No Win No Fee agreements could help.

Also called Conditional Fee Agreements, legal arrangements such as this require you to pay no upfront fees to hire representation.

What percentage do No Win No Fee solicitors take?  No Win No Fee solicitors only deduct a maximum amount of 25 per cent from the settlement amount to cover their costs if the case wins. If for whatever reason the case does not win, they take no payment at all.

This means you could launch your construction site accident claim with our panel of solicitors right now, having a complete understanding of what the fees and payments might be. Find out more about No Win No Fee by:

  • Call our advisors on 0800 408 7825
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