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Monday 10th June 2024

Construction or Agricultural Worker? Have you had an Accident at Work?

construction or agricultural injury or accident claim135 UK workers were killed in work-related accidents in 2022/23, with the Construction and Agriculture Sectors accounting for the highest number of fatalities.

However, there were more than twice as many work-related deaths in UK construction than in any other industry in the last financial year, new figures reveal. Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that 45 building workers died whilst performing their duties in 2022/23, up from 29 in 2021/22 and 39 in 2020/21. Further, there were 59,000 non-fatal injuries to workers each year averaged over the three-year period 2019/20-2021/22.

Whether you work full-time, part-time or on a self-employed or agency basis, under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and the raft of associated regulations, your employer is legally obliged to take steps to safeguard your health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace.

This legal duty requires them to: carry out regular risk assessments of your workplace and implement measures to minimise any risk found; regularly check that machinery is fault-free and safe to use; provide personal protective clothing and equipment – such as goggles, masks or hard hats - where necessary; provide you with adequate training and supervision; and ensure you get regular breaks and that the work environment is kept clean.

If your employer fails in this legal duty, they may be found to be negligent and you would have a valid claim for compensation. For most workplace accident cases, negligence would be found if the employer responsible had failed to act how areasonable man’ would act in a similar situation.

What evidence do I need to bring a claim?
To help your specialist personal injury lawyer strengthen your compensation claim, you should gather evidence from the accident scene and afterwards. This includes:
•    your entry in the workplace accident book;
•    photographs of the accident scene and your injuries;
•    names and contact details of any potential eyewitnesses;
•    any CCTV footage of the event (which your employer has a legal duty to provide);
•    details of any medical treatment you received after the accident;
•    a written account of the incident and how your injuries have affected you;
•    details of any expenses which you have had to pay out because of your injury.

How can a solicitor help?
Our specialist personal injury lawyers will help you gather and organise the evidence you need to prove your case, refer you to a medical expert to assess your injuries and the effect they have had on your life, and strive to win you the financial settlement you deserve.

Under the Limitation Act 1980, you usually have three years to bring a claim from the time of the accident or from the time you realised the full impact of your injuries (whichever comes later), but it is a good idea to consult a solicitor as soon as possible after the accident while details are still fresh in the minds of everyone involved.

How much compensation will I receive?
The compensation you receive will depend on the extent of your injuries and your long-term prognosis, but could include damages for:
•    pain and suffering (mental or physical);
•    loss of earnings;
•    medical expenses;
•    loss of potential earnings;
•    out of pocket expenses;
•    adaptations required to your home;
•    your consultation and representation.

If you or someone you know work in the construction or agricultural industry and have suffered an accident or injury, contact us now to discuss your legal situation and we can advise you of the options available to you. For more information, call Roger Henderson on 01392 209218 or email

"Thank you to Rundlewalker for the excellent help and advice given for my personal injury case. Roger was experienced, diligent, knowledgeable and highly organised, as well as great at providing updates at each step of the way. The USP for me (amidst a  variety of alternative online offers) is that the firm is LOCAL and accessible, and it's possible to speak to a lawyer in person; this can make all the difference, especially when the going gets tough, and this generates trust." Anon.

“I am very pleased with the outcome of my claim and was awarded a very large settlement thanks to Roger Henderson and his team at Rundlewalker. I felt assured that everything was taken into account and I was kept thoroughly informed throughout the entire claim process. Roger went above my expectation to get me the compensation I deserved, following an horrendous RTA. I would have no hesitation in recommending this firm to anyone who is seeking an honest and professional service.”

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This article is for general information only and does not constitute legal or professional advice.Please note that the law may have changed since this article was published.