Construction sites are among the most dangerous workplaces in the UK, and it’s your employer’s duty to take all reasonable steps to keep you safe. Although there has been a considerable reduction in the number of serious and fatal accidents, there are still too many people injured each year.
Serious injury claims can be caused in so many ways on a construction site, for example:
- Falling from height, especially from scaffolding
- Crane accidents
- Being hit by falling objects
- Falling down holes and through roofs
- Being run over by construction traffic
I have acted for clients whose lives have been changed forever by accidents like these. Not all employers take your safety seriously. In so many cases, even large companies have tried to deny their responsibilities. If you’ve been injured on a construction site, you need a lawyer with my specialist knowledge, who can identify the causes and liability for your injury straight way. Together we can make them face up to the impact of their failures.
My background and career has centred on construction, this means I really understand the trade, so you won’t have to explain everything from scratch. After so many years acting for construction workers, I do get it. And your employer won’t be able to pull the wool over my eyes.
Because major sites often involve complex contractual arrangements, it can be difficult to prove who is at fault. Large transport infrastructure projects are particularly complex, and I have a special expertise in unravelling them, to find the parties responsible for your injury. My contacts enable me to dig deeper for you, and I can access important information, to help maximise your serious injury claim.
Over years of specialising in construction law, I have built good contacts in the industry. You know you’re in good hands, because fellow construction workers rate me to fight on your behalf. My clients, and their Union representatives refer their fellow workers to me because they know I fight for you. These valuable connections also help me to get to the truth and maximise your damages. As a result, many clients have received very high damages in their injury claims.
My knowledge of health and safety legislation enables me to pressure the Health & Safety Executive to prosecute those at fault, and follow up to make the workplace safer for others. This fight for justice means helping widowed young mums, and elderly parents to secure justice for their husband and son killed at work; standing by a Slovakian mother in her battle against a Crossrail contractor; attending Inquests to give families a voice and make employers accountable.
To make construction sites safer, I work with campaign groups, adding my voice and expertise to the fight to improve working conditions in this industry. I’m an active member of the Construction Safety Campaign (CSC), I sponsor Families Against Corporate Killers and I’m a Director of the London Hazards Centre. I take part in Workers’ Memorial Day every year, alongside my clients, to keep the focus on improving working conditions, until the accidents stop happening.
"The claim settled up 2 years ago, it’s a long process. Helen has been very hands on in the 6 years since the accident. She breathes it, its personal, it’s her life."
- Colin Bell client
"I’ve recommended Helen to my contacts, and she’s won big cases for them. All the people in the trade say the same thing: Helen puts herself in your shoes and walks with you."
- Stewart Hickman client
Crossrail is the biggest infrastructure project in Europe. Work is undertaken by a number of joint ventures which have been created specifically for the project. I acted on behalf of most of the victims of serious accidents on the project.
Rene Tkacik, from Slovakia, died after being crushed by falling wet shotcrete on 7 March 2014. Rene is the only person to have been fatally injured during the construction of Crossrail, and I acted for Rene’s parents. I was instrumental in an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who then prosecuted the joint venture.
BFK were fined more than £1m at Southwark Crown Court over Rene’s death and two other incidents.
Bow crane collapse
In July 2020, a crane from a Housing Association development site in Bow, East London collapsed onto neighbouring properties including homes owned by another Housing Association. One person was killed and four people were injured. I act for Sam and Jacqueline Atkinson, and for the Estate of June Harvey who died in the collapse. I will be representing the family at the Inquest and a claim for compensation.