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This article was published on February 12th, 2024
Year after year, the construction industry sees the most workplace accidents in the UK. A building site is inherently hazardous, with employees using powerful equipment and tools, working at a height and lifting heavy materials. There’s also a whole array of potential slip and trip hazards, including pipework, loose cabling and building materials. Winter introduces cold, icy, wet conditions and reduced daylight hours into the mix, increasing the potential for workplace accidents.
At this time of year, construction sites face heightened challenges in maintaining safety standards. To ensure everyone goes home safe and sound, construction companies must be well-versed in the relevant winter safety regulations and implement them effectively. Thorneycroft can play a crucial role in ensuring compliance and protecting workers’ rights.
Winter weather will only add to the everyday risks faced by construction workers. Snow, ice and rain can increase the risk of a slip, trip or fall accident. High winds can also be dangerous, particularly to those working at height or those handling large objects that can easily catch the wind (such as corrugated iron). If a worker has cold extremities, they could easily lose their footing or their hands’ dexterity.
Working in freezing temperatures can pose a real health threat to workers, and this risk needs to be managed. As such, the HSE has issued several guidelines for protecting outdoor employees:
Several pieces of health and safety legislation applicable to construction sites will determine best practices for the Winter and, indeed, all year around. Here are some of the most important:
Understanding the health and safety regulations can be challenging for construction companies. This is where practical advice from our experienced construction team can be invaluable for injured employees and responsible employers.
We offer expert guidance on workers’ compensation claims in the event of winter-related accidents. Our skill team will advocate for your employee rights, ensuring you receive fair compensation for injuries sustained due to inadequate safety measures or negligence on the part of the employer. Our services include a thorough assessment of the case, examining the circumstances surrounding the injury and evaluating the physical, emotional and financial impacts. We’ll gather evidence, collaborate with medical experts and establish liability by investigating potential negligence or breaches of safety regulations. We’ll fight for the compensation you deserve to support a favourable recovery and continued wellbeing.
We can also assist companies in understanding their legal responsibilities and developing robust health and safety protocols tailored to the specific challenges posed by winter conditions. This support will help prevent accidents, protect workers’ rights and shield employers from potential legal liabilities. Our experienced team can:
Furthermore, the Thorneycroft team can facilitate mediation and negotiation between employers and employees to resolve disputes related to safety concerns. We aim always to reach amicable solutions that prioritise workers’ safety while addressing practical constraints.
The winter weather brings many hazards to those working outdoors. Unless these hazards are effectively managed, they could result in increased accident rates on construction sites during the winter months. Implementing proper winter safety measures is not just about complying with the law; it’s about protecting the lives and wellbeing of workers.
If you are a self-employed construction worker and have had a workplace accident, you may be entitled to compensation. It would help if you spoke with an experienced personal injury solicitor. This way, you can be confident that you’ll get the legal knowledge and experience you need to offer your claim the best possible chance of success.
We offer a free initial interview to review your specific circumstances and assess the viability of your construction site injury claim. To speak to one of our specialist personal injury solicitors, call us now on FREEPHONE 0800 1979 345, or complete our simple enquiry form, and we can call you back at a time to suit you.