Is the construction industry one of the most dangerous sectors in which to work, asks the Accident Advice Helpline?

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The National Grid hit the headlines recently when one of their contractors suffered head injuries at a National Grid construction site in London. The accident highlights the fact that although the number of injuries in construction has dropped over the last 2 decades, it remains a high risk industry.

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28% of all fatal injuries to workers in 2011/12 were in construction, and of all industry sectors, construction has the most injuries that are fatal.

A National Grid employee suffered head and shoulder injuries after being 'crushed by machinery', as reported in the Mail at the end of January 2013 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2270034/Construction-worker-suffers-head-injuries-accident-National-Grid-building-site.html), causing the nation to ask, is the construction industry too dangerous?

The latest construction industry accident illustrates just how dangerous this type of work can be. Accidents involving falls from height, being struck by moving objects, or being trapped due to a collapsed structure are commonplace in the construction industry, and work accident compensation provider, the Accident Advice Helpline, fears that construction workers are suffering injuries that could have been avoided.

According to figures released by the Health and Safety Executive, 28% of all fatal injuries to workers in 2011/12 were in construction, and of all industry sectors, construction has the most injuries that are fatal.

Leading accident at work compensation provider, the Accident Advice Helpline, point out that these figures could be reduced by construction firms adhering strictly to HSE guidelines. A representative from the company added,

“We deal with many work injury compensation claims involving contractors in the construction industry, and in some cases it becomes apparent that more could have been done to prevent accidents on-site. There are so many risks on a construction site that rigid enforcement of health and safety regulations is vital.”

Although the Health and Safety Executive indicates that agriculture is the riskiest industry in which to work, it is clear that construction also ranks amongst the most dangerous.

The Accident Advice Helpline offers help and support with accident at work compensation claims on a no win no fee basis. Their free helpline is available 24 hours a day on 0800 180 4123.

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