Construction sites are among the most dangerous places to work in the UK. Figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for 2009 showed that there were 41 fatalities in the construction industry that year. HSE have made reduction of injuries and deaths in construction work one of their priority programmes.
If you have suffered injury as the result of an accident on a building site or construction site in Scotland within the last three years, the expert construction site claim solicitors at Moray Claims can help you obtain compensation for your losses.
Employed or self-employed?
One of the complexities of this type of accident is that there can be a number of different tradesmen on a particular site at any given time.
Some of them will be self-employed and others may clearly be employees.
The law in relation to accidents at work has developed in such a way that many tradesmen who would consider themselves to be self-employed (e.g. for tax purposes) are in fact treated as employees.
In many construction site accident scenarios, being able to argue that a particular tradesman was employed rather than self-employed can increase the chances of the claim succeeding. They may be able to sue their “employer” or another contractor for breach of their health and safety rights.
Early investigation of the accident and identification of witnesses is important.
What are common types of construction site accident?
Typical examples are:
- Being struck by falling materials
- Collapse of tunnels or other excavations
- Demolition work
- Exposure to hazardous substances
- Failure to provide or maintain a safe system of working
- Falls from height
- Lack of adequate personal protective equipment
- Ladder falls
- Site vehicles overturning or colliding with workers
How we can help
If you would like Moray Claims’ specialist construction accident solicitors (Marie and Peter) to help you with your claim please call us on 01343 544077 or send us a Free Online Enquiry and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.
We are here to help you from 9am – 5pm Monday to Thursday and between 9am – 4pm Friday. Outwith these times, if you send us a Free Online Enquiry, we will often get back to you within a few hours.