A 22 year old man from Birmingham was awarded compensation when he had a fall at work; Michael Lewin Solicitors are experts in dealing with construction site accidents and will pursue a genuine compensation claim in the UK on a no win no fee basis.
Construction sites can often be one of the most dangerous places to work and constant assessment of all health and safety procedures are a vital duty of each employer involved in this industry. Mr W fell from scaffolding when he was at work. The injuries he sustained as a result of the fall were not his fault and he wanted compensation for his suffering.
Adequate information training and instruction is required for all workers but this is not a set amount. This will be dependent on the age and competency of the employees; for new processes or young/inexperienced employees the supervision will need to be on a far more frequent basis than for established working procedures. Also training to use a computer can allow mistakes which will not be costly in terms of employee’s physical well-being but mistakes cannot be allowed to happen when younger workers are in charge of welding equipment or large electrically powered blades.
Section 3 requires the employer to ensure that people not employed but who could be affected by his operation are not placed at risk. The general public customers visitors or contractors attending the site might need training or supervision to minimise the risk to their health and safety while on site or relevant personal protective equipment (PPE) along with training on how to use it correctly may need to be provided.
Michael Lewin have worked with claims for construction site accidents like Mr W’s before and are highly skilled in negotiating the maximum compensation for each claim in the UK.
Many employers feel concerned that the entire onus for health and safety is on their shoulders. They worry that if employees have interfered with equipment or refuse to wear the correct clothing they are fully responsible. Sections 7 and 8 of the health and safety at work act deal with these concerns.
Section 7 states that employees must not endanger themselves or others by their acts or omissions. In addition they must co-operate with their employers as long as this co-operation does not lead to an increased risk to health and safety or is an illegal act so that the employer can comply with their statutory duties thereby making the responsibility for safety a joint effort between employer and employee.
Section 8 states that no person (i.e. not just employees) shall knowingly intentionally or recklessly misuse abuse or interfere with anything provided in the interests of health and safety. Machine safeguards clearly fall under this section. It therefore follows that should any member of staff be found to be interfering with these devices and they have been provided with the necessary information training and adequate supervision to use the machine correctly disciplinary action should follow.
Michael Lewin recover their costs from the third party so their clients are not required to pay anything up front to their solicitor. Mr W was one of thousands of clients who received 100% of the compensation for his injury.
If you need legal advice regarding construction site accidents and want to make a compensation claim in the UK call Michael Lewin Solicitors on: 0844 499 9302