When there is a foreseeable risk of being struck by a falling object while on a construction site we are all required to wear suitable protection, generally accepted as hard hats. While a hard hat will protect our head from a moderate impact it will only help in protecting against a heavy falling object and is unlikely to prevent injury.

Falling objects present a high risk on site as there is often no warning, and injuries sustained can be serious, even when protective head gear is worn.

If you have been struck by a falling object, whether at work on a site, or when building work is being carried out at your place of work, or perhaps even as a member of the public passing by a work place, you may have grounds to seek compensation. You should arrange to speak to one of the accident at work specialists at Edwards Hoyle where we'll give you an efficient assessment of how successful a claim might be.

What protection from falling objects should a site manager or owner offer?

The work carried on at a construction site should not put members of the public at risk. This includes workers and visitors to a site.

Boundaries must be clear and access designed to protect the public from any risk of falling objects. Particular caution should be exercised when erecting scaffolding to ensure that neither the work team, nor the public is put at risk.

Additional precautions should be used where necessary such as toe boards, brick guards and netting.

What should you do if you have been hit by a falling object?

Whether you are at work, or a member of the public passing a work place, if you have sustained an injury as a result of a falling object you should consider seeking compensation.

Arrange a quick and free of charge telephone consultation with one of our accidents at work experts at Edwards Hoyle and we'll take you through every step of the process, quickly and without fuss. We'll determine whether we think you have a strong case, and accept it if we do.

What happens when you accept my case?

Once the insurer of the party at fault accepts the claim we will ensure that you receive the appropriate medical treatment to help you back to normal as quickly as possible. We will then pursue a settlement with the insurers.

Settlement usually happens without needing to go to court as it is in the insurer's interest to agree any claims quickly and efficiently. We will take into account your life circumstances and any adjustments you have had to make as a result of your accident when we are pursuing your claim. This may include time out of work, travel arrangements for medical treatment and rehabilitation or other family arrangements.

At Edwards Hoyle we are Accident Claim specialists and work quickly and efficiently to help you achieve the settlement you deserve with the minimum disruption to your life.