Claim for an industrial accident


Builders, electricians, plumbers and plasterers are just some of the specialist trades that operate in construction environments. Yet these tradesmen are also in a group where work accidents are seldom the subject of formal accident claims. This Manners Pimblett article takes a closer look at work related injuries, reported injuries by self employed workers and statistics.

Accident as a sub contractor.

Building sites are complex working environments. Trades work along side each other in a kind of managed melee of organised chaos. Build budgets and schedules depict work levels and often deadlines can increase employee and contractor anxiety to get the job complete. The risk of injury to contractors and sub contractors is ever present and subcontractors, self employed and migrant workers are least likely to report accidents or make a claim.

Industrial accidents happen.

Regardless of the size of development, from a simple domestic extension or a major commercial office block, accidents happen. The human condition, fuzzy logic and circumstance are often swept over with the term negligence to provide a point to prove in terms of culpability. Site management, training and quality procedures minimise the risk of accidents in the workplace but it is an unfortunate fact that accidents do happen.

What action should I take?

If you are a contractor, sub contractor, self employed or a worker involved in an accident on a building site then the following points will aid your claim:

  • Communicate with your employers, or principal contractor.
  • Make notes as soon as practicable about the accident.
  • Complete the site health and safety procedure (accident book)
  • Seek medical advice and make notes of every aspect of your medical advice.
  • Report your accident to the HSE or relevant authority
  • Call Manners Pimblett for Free advice on 0845 077 0772

Health and Safety in the workplace.

Regardless of your employment status be it self employed, employed or subcontractor, you have a responsibility to your own health and safety and the other trades on the site. Work smart and tidy; ensure your equipment is in full working order. Check the straps on your safety hat and replace any aged high visibility work wear you possess. Protect yourself.


If you are laid up following an accident at work, then you need to recover as soon as possible. This is even more important if you were working as a sub contractor or in a self employed capacity. Making a claim for your accident is just part of your healing process. In most claims circumstances, loss of earnings is a factor of the compensation that you will receive, so claim what is yours today. Call our professional claims team on 0845 077 0772.

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