As a surveyor you are protected by the same health and safety laws as other UK employees, so if you have suffered a personal injury, you deserve to be compensated.
On-site surveyors are usually one of the first professionals on the job and their injuries tend to be caused from health and safety breaches, which put them at risk while they are assessing the construction area that others will be working in.
In the same way as other employees, if surveyors are not prepped on the hazards around them, there is a greater risk of accidents occurring. On-site surveyors are at risk of injuries usually as a direct result of the negligence of another person, i.e. the site manager. Their work covers a wide scope within construction and their job is very hands-on but it is for the site manager to have completed a full risk assessment before they arrive.
It is for employers to ensure that they are familiar with any legislation that relates to their particular industry. Where there has been a breach of any legal guidelines, it is likely to be deemed as negligence and result in damages being awarded to the surveyor.
- The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 covers all health and safety aspects for everyone involved in construction. There are particular guidelines relating to surveyors, which involve their competence being assessed before being allowed to carry out on-site tasks. Site managers should also be mindful that surveyors are accompanied while they carry out these tasks.
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 says that employers are responsible for carrying out a risk assessment to reduce the risk of harm.
- The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 says that equipment should be assessed before use; stored and handled correctly to make sure it is safe. PPE is a last resort and should only be used onCommon Surveyor Injuriesce other control measures have been implemented. Nonetheless, even a short job requires protection and should be offered to a surveyor.
Some of the most common surveyor injuries, include:
- Slips and trips.
- Falls from height.
- Cuts and bruises.
- Sprained muscles.
- Broken bones and fractures.
- Head injuries.
- Back injuries.
Surveyors are at risk from countless hazards but where negligence is involved, there is no excuse. From our experience these personal injuries all have a social, emotional, physical and financial implication, not just for the victim, but for their family too.
Personal injuries impact on all areas of your life and even minor injuries, such as cuts and bruises can result in time being spent off work. More serious injuries might take a while to adjust to, but compensation can help ease the pressure and support the cost of medical treatment, childcare and mounting bills.
If you have suffered from injuries as a result of employer negligence our solicitors can help you to make a surveyor injuries claim for compensation.