Construction site boss jailed over a construction accident at work
Posted on 27th August 2021
Our specialist Accident at Work solicitors discuss this recent event, and what it represents for accident at work claims going forward.
In recent weeks, a construction site boss has been sentenced to 24 weeks in prison after failing to properly report an accident that happened on the site.
The accident happened to a worker who was using excavator equipment when the excavator fell on top on the man, crushing his leg and leading to it being amputated due to his injuries.
After an accident like this, no matter whether anybody has suffered from serious injuries or not, the manager or boss of the construction site is required to report the incident to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). This is a legal requirement, as stated under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).
However, on this occasion the necessary report was not made, and no investigation into the circumstances or cause of the accident was ever pursued by the site boss.
It was only months later, when the injured worker filed a personal complaint with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) about the accident, that they were made aware of what had happened. In the subsequent investigation that ensued, it was revealed that, despite having worked on building sites for over fifty years, and regularly using a number of dangerous pieces of equipment, the injured man had never been given any health and safety training for his work.
What does this case mean for accident at work claims?
While only one example of the numerous acts of negligence on the part of workplaces bosses and managers, this case demonstrates the very real risk that this negligence poses to worker safety, and the potential repercussions for the negligent actions. For a full overview of our construction site accident at work claims, see here.
Bosses are legally required to provide adequate training to their employees on any machinery or equipment that they use in the workplace. They are also legally required to formally report any accidents to the HSE within ten days of when the accident occured. For more information on inadequate training accident at work claims, see here.
What type of injuries can I claim for in an accident at work injury claim?
While our accident at work solicitors are well experienced with serious injury claims, such as amputations like this case, they equally work on a number of claims for different kind of injuries, both minor injuries and life-changing major injuries.
Some of the injuries that our accident at work solicitors specialise in, include:
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