Construction sites are dangerous places to work.
The Health and Safety Executive’s figures for 2018-2019 included 30 deaths in the construction industry during that year. Of these, about half were due to falls from height. The remainder were a mixture of workers being: trapped by collapses or overturnings; knocked over by moving vehicles; struck by a falling object; or electrocuted.
Reduction of the number of fatalities on building sites is an ongoing priority for HSE.
If you have been injured in an accident on a construction site, you need expert legal advice as a matter of priority. Grigor & Young’s personal injury claim solicitors can provide friendly and sympathetic specialist help to get you on the road to recovery and get you the compensation you deserve.
Employed and self-employed workers
Construction sites will often have many different tradesmen working on them, some as employees and some as self-employed. A claim is generally more straightforward where an injured person can be treated as an employee rather than self-employed. Fortunately, the law has developed in such a way that many workers who you might think would be self-employed are in fact treated as employees for the purposes of health and safety law.
In all cases, as far as possible, it is important to carry out prompt investigation of the accident circumstances, and identify and interview relevant witnesses.
Frequent types of construction site accident
The sorts of accidents which can give rise to successful claims include:
- Collapse of the sides of excavations onto workers
- Demolition mishaps
- Exposure to hazardous substances
- Failure to provide proper personal protective equipment
- Falls from height, including ladder accidents
- Overturn of site vehicles or collisions with workers
- Workers being struck by falling objects
What our clients say
“I was injured while working as a Joiner on a construction project in Dundee. I tripped on a piece of a wood which was masked by polythene sheeting in an area of the site which had not been kept properly tidy. I suffered a broken foot. I lost time off work and so lost earnings as a result. Marie was very helpful and patient with me, explaining everything in detail. It was necessary to raise a Court action because there was a dispute between the main contractor and a sub-contractor about who had responsibility for site cleanliness. I never expected to get even near half as much as you have managed to claim for me, so that is great. I will not hesitate to recommend Marie and her team for personal injury claim advice”.
Would you like help with your construction accident claim?
Our Elgin branch has corporate accreditation from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). Marie Morrison and Peter Brash are accredited by APIL as Senior Litigators. Peter is also accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Personal Injury Law.
Do not forget it costs nothing to make an enquiry and in most cases you will receive 100% of your compensation. See our Moray Claims website for this article which explains how it is possible for your solicitor to get paid a reasonable fee for their work, without having to charge anything to you personally.
We are here to assist you from 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday and between 9am-4pm Friday. Even outside those times, we will generally respond to online enquiries within 24 hours.
The problem with many personal injury claims is that you lose about 25% of your compensation if you’re successful. At Moray Claims at Grigor & Young we aim to provide local specialist advice in such a way that your personal injury claim costs you nothing whether you “win” or “lose”.