The demolition industry is probably one of the most hazardous professions to work in. In the UK, businesses involved in taking down structures are highly regulated and need to comply with a range of safety laws.
The main health and safety regulations for the industry are covered by:
- Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002
These put the onus on demolition and construction companies to ensure that they do everything they can to help protect their workers.
The Risks to Workers in the Demolition Industry
Any project that involves demolition involves putting together a clear plan that not only achieves the right result but protects those working on site. There are several different hazards when operating in this kind of environment.
- Workers may be at greater risk of slips and falls.
- Hazardous substances such as asbestos might be involved.
- There’s the potential for structures to collapse suddenly and cause injury.
- Using certain equipment may cause risks because of sound and vibration.
- There’s also the risk of being injured from falling materials.
When taking down a building, it’s critical to follow the appropriate procedures and ensure that safety is maintained at all times. Evidence of negligence could include, for example, taking down supporting structures that increase the likelihood of a roof to collapse or using the wrong equipment may cause injury to operators.
The demolition industry is unique in that it often uses explosives to bring down structures and this has major ramifications for health and safety. Demolition in this way needs to be carefully controlled with an understanding of issues such as the blast radius and the sequence of detonation.
If you have been injured while carrying out demolition work and there was negligence on the part of your employer, you may be able to make a compensation claim. An example would be if you fell from height because there wasn’t adequate protection or a guard rail where you were working.
You might have been hit by falling debris when your employer didn’t provide you with the right protective gear to save you from a head injury. Perhaps the training you were given to work on a demolition site was not very good or non-existent or you were exposed to hazardous material such as asbestos.
It’s important in the first instance to discuss any potential claim with a personal injury solicitor that has experience of dealing with construction and demolition industries. In the first instance, they should be able to provide an initial consultation free of charge to discover whether you have the basis for a claim.
If there is the potential for a claim, the personal injury solicitor will offer a no win no fee service. This means you don’t have to find the upfront cost of legal action and what you pay is dependent on a successful outcome. If you win the claim court and are awarded compensation, the solicitor takes their fees out of that final award.
If you have suffered an injury through working in the demolition industry, reach out to the specialist personal injury solicitors at Accinet today.