Injured construction workers afraid to sue employers, claims solicitors
A firm of serious injury solicitors is warning that an increasing number of construction workers who have been injured at work are refusing to take legal action against their employers.
Southport-based Fletchers Solicitors has seen a 20 percent decrease in workplace accident claims by construction workers over the past year. It subsequently carried out research, which questioned 200 injured workers and found many had decided not to take legal action against their employer due to fears over job security.
Fletchers Solicitors CEO Ed Fletcher explained: “While we’ve seen a sound drop in the number of claims against larger construction companies, it is the smaller sites where the problems seem to lie. We are still seeing many examples of incidents on construction sites, including falls from height and injuries caused from faulty equipment and lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), which all could have been avoided if effective and robust safety measures were already in place.
“It’s worrying to think people who may have suffered from a preventative accident at work are not speaking out because they are afraid they’ll lose their job. Employers have a legal obligation to make sure proper safety precaution procedures are in place and safety equipment is supplied to protect staff.”
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