CONSTRUCTION SITE INJURIES: THE LAW

Do you work on a construction site? Have you been injured in an accident that could have been prevented? If you feel that your employer has failed to observe their duty of care to you, and you have been injured as a result, you may be able to claim compensation*.

Your employer is responsible for the premises you work on and the equipment you use, and for ensuring that you and your colleagues receive adequate training for all aspects of your role. When these legal obligations are not met your employer may be negligent in failing to protect you from injury.

Common injuries on building sites:

•    Falls from height, including ladders or scaffolding, are among the most common construction site injuries. These can occur at any time, but the employer may be liable if equipment is inadequate, or if employee training is not comprehensive enough to prevent accidents.

•    Accidents with machinery are common on building sites, and they often occur when staff are not given the correct training for the machines they are operating. As an employee, you must ensure that you never attempt to use a machine that you have not been trained to use.

•    Slips and trips are common on construction sites, due to the unpredictable nature of the area and hazards that may be present. Injuries from slips and falls can be very serious, and your employers may be liable if they have failed to highlight a problem that has contributed to your fall.

•    While working on a construction site you may be expected to use a variety of equipment, and all of this must be safe and fit for purpose. You should also be issued with personal protection equipment or provide your own at all times if this is a requirement of your contract.

David’s Story:

David had been working on a construction site with the same building firm for several weeks when he sustained a severe back injury after falling from scaffolding that had been erected incorrectly.

David required significant medical treatment and physiotherapy, and was unable to work for most of the following year.

David sought our advice and our solicitors helped him to claim compensation for the physical injury and the medical costs incurred as a result of his accident, as well as his loss of earnings since he was unable to work. We recovered over €220,000 in compensation for David.

Find Personal Injury Solicitors in Ennis, County Clare

Our personal injury solicitors are experienced in personal injury claims, so call into our office in Ennis, Co. Clare, contact us online or call us today on +353 (065) 6820620. We guarantee to call you back to discuss your case within one business day.

*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or a proportion of any award or settlement.

 

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