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Firms must be wary of construction accidents as sites remain open

The Government has confirmed that construction workers will be allowed to attend building sites while workers in other sectors have been advised to work from home if possible amid new COVID-19 restrictions. Employers in the sector must remain vigilant to ensure that they continue to fulfil their Health and Safety obligations.

In announcing the new measures intended to drive down a worrying spike in new infections, Boris Johnson confirmed that the construction industry would be exempt from the directive.

Johnson said: “No British Government would wish to stifle our freedoms in the ways that we have found necessary this year.

“Yet even now we can draw some comfort from the fact schools, universities, and places of worship are staying open, shops can serve their customers, construction workers can go to building sites and the vast majority of the UK economy can continue moving forwards.”

Coronavirus brings multiple risks for construction firms

As construction sites review staffing and potentially face multiple absences at short notice both on-site and within off-site support functions, appropriate steps in planning and risk assessment need to take place so that general safety is not sacrificed while work is made Covid-secure.

The Health & Safety executive (HSE) has produced an example risk assessment so that firms can assess direct and indirect risks to staff from the virus outbreak.

Bodies such as the HSE and RIDDOR provide clear information for employers on the steps they need to take to comply with legislation. If you are injured or become unwell at work as a result of a health & safety failing by your employer, you are entitled to seek compensation.

Work Claims Bureau have years of expertise in seeking maximum redress for those injured in accidents at work, including building site accidents and helping get workers’ lives back on track.

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If you’ve had an accident at work, you should get in touch with our specialist team as soon as possible.  We’ll take the details we need and explain the next steps. We always recommend you take the following steps, but don’t worry if there’s something here you haven’t done:

  • Complete an accident report and inform your Health and Safety representative at work
  • If you are still in pain, shock, or distress when the report is completed, do not sign it.
  • Keep details of anyone who witnessed the accident.
  • If possible, as soon as you can, ask your Health and Safety representative to take photos of the scene and make them available to you.
  • Write down your recollection of exactly what happened in the accident, including the location and approximate time.

Work Claims Bureau prides itself on progressing your claim promptly whenever it is possible to do so. No two claims are the same. How long your claim lasts is dependent on a number of factors, including:

  • The prognosis for your injuries
  • The conduct of all parties involved
  • Whether your employer admits they were at fault or if we need to fight your case on your behalf

Bearing this in mind, work accident claims typically take between 6 months and 24 months to conclude.  However, this is not ‘written in stone’, and they can last a shorter or longer time than this.

Your employer faces further culpability if they take disciplinary action against you or terminate your employment simply because you make an honest claim for personal injury. There is legislation in place to protect you. You are doing the right thing in reporting your accident and formally submitting a claim, both for yourself and for your employer in helping prevent similar accidents happening in the future.

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