In October 2019 the Health and Safety Executive recorded statistics indicating that the rate of non fatal accidents had risen for the first time in five years, with the construction industry being four times more dangerous than the national average for other industries. We have seen with the recent pandemic that this trade was stand alone in work exemptions with working from home being an absolute impossibility. Then the construction workers were the first to be encouraged to return back to work when the easing of the lockdown measures was introduced. Perhaps it is more important than ever in this industry that the health and safety of employees is not put at risk whilst they may be complying with the restrictions that the world now faces in light of COVID-19.
Here at Farleys we have been instructed to deal with many accidents in a construction setting. So why do we see a high level of accidents in the construction workplace?
By its very nature the construction industry has a high level of personal injury and fatalities due to the risk of hazards when working with heavy plant machinery. Common accidents include falling from heights, being struck by objects, electrocution and being trapped. The end result of these hazards can be fatal or, at the very least, very serious due to the heavy machinery often worked with. Whilst some injuries may be minor we often find that these type of accidents lend themselves to very serious injuries affecting an individual’s capacity to work. In turn this can mean that these cases are of high value. It is anticipated that these cases may increase due to the constraints that the coronavirus places on all workplaces and in particular the two metre social distancing rule that is now in force.
Farleys have a specialised dedicated team trained to deal with these types of cases. If you have suffered an injury following an accident at work, get in touch with our personal injury team on 0845 287 0939 or contact us through the form on our website.