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Common Causes Of Building Site Accidents

Building sites are dangerous places to work because every year hundreds and even thousands of accidents take place on building sites in which innocent workers get injured or killed.

It is the duty of the employer to protect workers.  On a building site, the employer must do all that is reasonably practicable to prevent all risks of accidents and injuries.  It is the duty of the employer to take the steps necessary to protect the health and safety of the workers.

There are many different types of hazards present on building sites and most of them can be extremely dangerous too.  There are a range of things that can cause building site accidents and here’s a look at some of its main causes.

Slips and trips

On a building site, slips, trips and falls are the most common causes of injuries to workers.  Slips and trips are mostly regarded as minor accidents, but in some cases, they can lead to serious injuries as well.  They can cause musculoskeletal disorders, cuts, bruises and even fractures and broken bones.

Falls from heights

Falls from scaffoldings and raised platforms are also very common in building sites.  Falls from high structures can cause severe injuries ranging from broken bones to spinal injuries and even death.  Falls from heights can occur due to the following:

  • Lack of edge protection
  • Inadequate scaffolding
  • Dangerous demolition work
  • Improper use of ladders
  • Unprotected openings in roofs such as fragile roof lights
  • Defective ladders

Being struck by falling objects

On a building site, there is always risk of things falling from above.  If there are workers below, falling objects can cause serious injuries.  Objects on building sites can fall due to:

  • Poor housekeeping
  • Bad stacking and storage of materials
  • Lack of tool belts

Improper use of cranes and hoists can also result in injuries.


Coming into contact with overhead power lines when work at height is being carried out can result in shocks and electrocution.  Such injuries can be extremely serious as they can result in fatalities too.

Making A Claim

If you have suffered injuries on a building site, we can help you make a claim.

Our solicitors have years of experience in handling such cases on a genuine no win no fee basis and we can help you win substantial compensation for your case too.

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