Personal Injury Claims Glasgow

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
  • Team Blogs
    Team Blogs Find your favorite team blogs here.
  • Login
    Login Login form

Construction Deaths in the UK Expected to Rise For 2014

Posted by on in Accident At Work
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 1933
  • Subscribe to this entry
  • Print

A poll from construction union Ucatt has revealed that more than half of construction workers in the UK are concerned that there has been no improvement in health and safety,

The damning results come as workers believe that there has been no effort in the last year to improve on health and safety issues resulting in more accidents in the workplace. Furthermore the poll found that 21% of workers believed their boss did not take health and safety seriously. 

Rise in Deaths

The damning poll from the union comes prior to an expected rise in the number of deaths and accidents on construction sites. According to home builders Berkeley Homes, number of serious injuries and deaths will have risen in 2014 from the previous year. 

There were 42 deaths on British building sites in 2013, with 5,000 seriously injured.

Despite the figures for 2014 from the Health and Safety Executive not expected until May, managing director of the Berkeley Group, Rob Perrins believes that the rush to build houses, and companies working to their limit, will mean that the number of accidents and deaths will have increased. 

He said:“The sheer volume of work going on is testing the industry, with companies and staff running flat out to gear up production and tackle the housing crisis.

“The industry is having to work with less experienced people, in multiple languages, with equipment in high demand. That generates fresh hazards in a business that is inherently risky.”

Workers Need to Get Involved

A Ucatt spokesman stated that it was imperative to get workers thinking about their own safety at all times in the workplace, and hold those who were using unsafe construction sites to account. 

The spokesman said: “Put simply, people are afraid to speak out. 

“Given the short-term nature of many contracts, workers are concerned to even put their heads above the parapet with safety concerns, very few have an economy of rights. 

“This is an industry where those who do are often blacklisted and not employed again.

He added: “Any drive to encourage them to feel as though their opinions could be considered and acted upon can only lead to a more healthy long-term working environment.”

In late 2014, the government announced a string of changes to the way health and safety would be monitored in 2015. The changes will look to remove bureaucracy in reporting and maintaining health and safety, as well as increase the fines that companies could receive for breaching health and safety laws. Under current legislation, the largest fine is around £500,000, however the latest proposals could see this rise to over £2 million. 

Boom in Construction

The worrying statistic from the Berkeley report comes following a predicted boom in construction jobs with over 400,000 jobs to be created by 2019.

Contact Us 

If you have been involved in an accident in work and suffered an injury as a result of someone’s negligence, contact us today. Our team of dedicated solicitors will be able to offer you the best legal advice and representation to get the compensation you deserve, To find out if you can make a claim, contact us using our online contact form, or call our team of Glasgow based lawyers on 0141 530 2755.

0

*other costs could be payable

Your staff were lovely and kept me updated throughout. You got me the most amount of money possible and I can’t thank you enough.

 

Call our injury claims advice line today - 01414134377

Start a Claim

Make an online enquiry today - See how we have helped others get the typical range of compensation offered for various injuries.

Your Name(*)
Please let us know your name.
Your Email Address(*)
Please let us know your email address.
Your phone number
Invalid Input
Date of accident
Invalid Input
Any further details relevant to your injury/accident.
Please let us know your message.
Anti-Spam Verification(*)
Invalid Input