Whose Job is On-Site Safety?
It is up to employers and main contractors to provide a safe building site. If you are not directly employed, but a contractor, then it is up to you to make sure that your staff work in a safe environment. If you are self-employed, the company you are contracted to and the main contractor are liable for construction site safety.
Your employer or contractor must give you a safe place of work and provide you with safe systems of work. This means that all equipment, on-site machinery you use has to be properly maintained, inspected and be fit for use. It’s the responsibility of the person or company who employ you, to make sure that you’ve had adequate training and supervision to do your job. They also need to have systems in place that protect you from as best possible, from risk of injury. From proper access to the building site to properly maintained scaffolding, equipment and fencing, it is up to the site management to ensure safety for workers on that site.
Any worker on a construction site must also make sure that they’ve played their part in providing for their own health and safety. Safe passes and training must be up to date. Required headgear and protective clothing must be worn.
On-Site Injury Risks
Anyone who has ever worked on a building site knows that on-site safety is paramount. Risks of injury can occur and unfortunately personal injury risks are common. Accidents can occur in a range of areas, from falls from scaffolding, roofing or ladders to trip and falls in high risk areas.
Machinery accidents can include those associated with cranes, cutting machinery or vehicles. These can have significant impact on those injured. Workers may also be at risk from the action or inaction of others, including injury from falling objects or in areas where all necessary precaution hasn’t been taken.
What to Do Immediately After an On-Site Injury
- Seek medical advice immediately. It’s vital that you have a medic check your injury as soon as possible. This can help prevent further injury and can also help in terms of verifying the time and date of a workplace injury.
- Tell your employer about the injury immediately, if they are not already aware. If you are not in a position to tell them, ask that someone else does and follow up on it as soon as you can.
- Do not take responsibility for an accident on the building site. It is possible that you will not have all the facts about maintenance of equipment, health and safety or the actions of others.
- Write everything down as soon as possible.
- You can also record your account of the accident on your mobile phone to transcribe afterwards.
- If you can, take photographs and ask if there were witnesses to the accident.
- If you can get witnesses to make statements early on, they will be clearer about what happened.
- Make sure that you have all photographs, recordings and statements securely stored. Emailing yourself digital copies will mean that you have ready access to them.
Personal Injury Claims
A construction site accident can have many implications. Often people suffer ongoing physical consequences including longer term pain and injury. They may also suffer loss of income and incur medical expenses. Sometimes people initially feel reluctant about addressing a work injury as they don’t want to “cause any trouble” or they underestimate the effects an injury may have on them into the future. There are however, times when those repsonsible for building sites have failed to protect the health and safety of their staff in the workplace and may have been negligent in their duty. In these cases, an employee may feel the need to make a personal injury* claim.
If you get expert advice about the nature of your claim, you can make an informed decision on how to proceed. Your solicitor can handle any dealings with the Personal Injuries Board or the Courts Service. At Pilar, our solicitors advise clients on a daily basis, on all aspects of personal injury* claims.
Legal Advice from Pilar
We will give you an honest assessment of your situation and will be truthful with you about whether we think your claim can be successful.
We will listen and treat you with respect and dignity, no matter who you are or what your background is. We talk in plain English and steer clear of jargon. We have extensive experience of the insurance industry and our experts can give you sound advice on your case. We will work with you in all areas of your claim.
We will work directly on your behalf, negotiating the legal system for you. We can provide expert witnesses with extensive experience of personal injury* cases We work with the best medical professionals in relation to medical reports We work with the most experienced network of barristers available We are a nationwide network and work with clients throughout Ireland
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