Building & Construction Site Accident Claims

Welcome to our guide on building site accident compensation claims, which shows you how to make building site accident claims. If you’ve had a no fault accident on a building site as a worker, or you’ve been injured in a construction site accident as a member of the public,


this building site accidents guide could help. In it, we explain what type of accident on a construction site you could claim for, how to claim compensation from builders and how much you could claim. We also answer common questions about accidents on construction sites such as

What is the most common accident on a construction site?’ ” Where do most falls from height occur?” and ‘Could I make construction accident claims for a fatal construction accident that killed a family member?’

We also provide details of how an accident claim expert from our team could assist you in checking your eligibility to make a construction claim.

Construction Accident Claims – What Claim Could I Make?

Construction accident claims could take many different forms. It may not only be workers that could claim for an accident at construction sites. Visitors to construction sites and members of the public could also make construction accident claims if they are injured due to a breach of someone’s duty of care towards them. The duty of care owed will differ depending on whether you’re an employee or visitor.

It could also be possible to claim for a variety of different accidents at construction sites. Some examples of the types of accident that could lead to construction accident claims could include:

  • Slip, trip and fall accidents
  • Injuries caused by inadequate PPE
  • Inadequate training that leads to injuries
  • Being hit by a moving object
  • Having something fall on you from a height
  • Falling from a height

To make a construction claim, you would need to prove that someone breached a duty of care they owed you and that the breach led to your injuries. 

You can reach us any hour of the day, any day of the week, on 0800 073 8801. But first, read on to discover everything you need to know about No Win No Fee building accident claims, as you may find the information you are looking for!

Accidents On Construction Sites – A Guide To Claiming Compensation For Injuries

When it comes to working environments, construction sites come with some risks many other workplaces don’t. This means that employers and those responsible must take all reasonable steps to prevent accidents on construction sites. They must assess risks and take reasonable precautions to reduce the risk of an accident at a construction site.

There have been regulations put in place to prevent accidents on construction sites. This is in addition to regulations that protect all workers from undue risk due to the state of their workplace or their job role.

When could I make a claim for an accident at a construction site?

If you’re considering making a claim for an accident on a building site, you might be doing so as an employee. Should your employer have breached their duty of care, this is negligence. If their negligence caused you harm, you may be eligible to seek compensation.

This guide explains the situations that could lead to a claim. It offers information on the construction industry accident frequency rate and explains how most falls from height occur. Plus, we explain the claims process in detail, and show how we could help you claim compensation.

Construction industry injury and safety statistics

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics on construction fatalities between 2020-2021 sourced through RIDDOR, 39 workers suffered fatal injuries. In statistics from 2021-22, there were a further 30 deaths in the construction industry.

HSE points out that it is a similar number to the yearly average of 36 fatalities for 2016-2017 to 2020-2021. Nevertheless, the number of fatalities is concerning and highlights the importance of safety on construction sites. Below, you can see more statistics on construction injuries. Most falls from height occur in the industry, causing a fatal injury.

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To learn more about building site compensation claims, please keep reading.

Who is liable for safety on a building or construction site?

One of the most important factors of any type of case is determining who is responsible. In some cases, there will be a number of different people that are deemed to blame for an accident on a building site. This is because there are a number of different people that are responsible for the health and safety of a building site. This includes anyone from the site manager and the constructions regulations coordinator to the designer and the construction company itself.

Could I Claim For A Construction Site Accident?

In order to determine who is to blame for any type of accident on a construction site, it depends on where you go injured and how it happened. Here are some examples that will help you to see how different individuals can be held responsible based on the ins and outs of what happened.

  • The site manager could be deemed negligent if they did not fully act upon the guidelines they were given by the client.
  • Negligence could fall on the shoulders of the construction regulations coordinator if they have not told the client about all of the vital health and safety standards.
  • The designer could be held negligent if he or she ignored the client’s advice with regards to health and safety standards.
  • If the constructions regulations coordinator provided the client, i.e. the construction firm, with advice, and this was ignored or overlooked, the client could be deemed to blame.

If you’ve had an accident on a building site and it wasn’t clear who was liable for your health and safety, get in touch with our team for free advice.

What steps should you take after an injury on a building site?

If you have been involved in an accident at work while on a building site, there are a number of important steps that you need to take. These are as follows:

  • Get witness statements from anyone that witnessed the accident. This will help you to confirm what has happened to you.
  • Find evidence to show that the incident occurred because of negligence. For example, if your employer has failed to provide the correct training or carry out the required risk assessments, this could show negligence on their behalf.
  • Finally, make sure you have the evidence required to support the severity of your injury. You will typically need to contact your doctor for all of your medical records.

Following these steps can boost the prospects of success in building site accident claims. If you’re unsure what to do, our team can offer you free legal advice and support. Simply call them on the number at the top of this page.

Claims for accidents at work on a building site

Have you been involved in an accident while working on a building site? If so, you need to show that your employer is to blame for the accident at work and your injuries.

In accordance with the law, all employers have a legal duty to provide a safe and healthy workplace. Not only this, but there are further regulations in place that are specific to the construction sector since it is deemed one of the more dangerous working environments.

There are a number of different ways this could be the case. Here are some examples:

  • Failing to provide you with sufficient training.
  • Failing to maintain equipment and machinery properly.
  • Allowing you to use faulty equipment.
  • Refusing to give you regular breaks.
  • Unsafe working practices.
  • Allowing someone into the workplace that poses a threat to your safety.
  • Failing to conduct risk assessments.
  • Failing to act on the findings of risk assessments.

No matter whether the incident you have been involved in is on the list or not, we can help you recover building site accident compensation. Simply call our personal injury claims team to learn how.

Accidents and injuries on a building site as a member of the public

If you have been injured as a member of the public while on a building site, The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 are not applicable to you. Nevertheless, you can still make a claim for building site accident compensation.

It simply means that the type of claim you will make is a bit different. This is because you will need to launch a private injury case against the occupier. This is something you do not need to worry about, though, as we can sort this out for you. This claim falls under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, i.e. the property’s occupier has a responsibility to make certain you are safe while on their premises.

While this Act doesn’t cover actions that are unexpected or purposefully dangerous, it does demand that the boundaries of the site are clearly defined and displayed. It also demands that steps are taken to make certain there is not easy access to the site for unauthorised visitors.

For more free legal advice on making such claims, please contact our friendly team of specialists today.

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