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APIL praises Commonwealth Games construction worker safety

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has praised the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, after all construction work was completed without a fatality.

The event has already received plenty of media praise from a sporting and organisational perspective, and APIL president John Spencer was keen to highlight the care taken to ensure employee safety.

Preparations for the event involved building two new venues, Glasgow’s Commonwealth Arena and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, both of which managed to provide a safe working environment for staff.

Mr Spencer outlined how Glasgow compared favourably with other sporting construction projects such as the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Qatar’s ongoing 2022 World Cup project and the Sochi Winter Olympics, all of which reported deaths on their construction sites.

Additionally, he revealed how Glasgow had carried on the good work of London 2012, which also reported no construction worker fatalities and was the first Games to achieve this.

He said: “Others should learn lessons on how to safeguard their workers. Construction is a notoriously dangerous industry, but thankfully here we have protection in place to reduce the risk of people dying, being injured, or becoming ill as a result of going to work.”

“Far from being pointless regulation, as it is sometimes perceived to be, health and safety is necessary protection to stop employers taking risks. It should be celebrated.”

How Croftons can help injured construction workers

While the Commonwealth Games is rightly being lauded for its strong work safety record, there are still many incidents across the UK of workers being injured in construction site accidents.

If this happens, it is important to react as quickly as possible to ensure you receive the appropriate medical care and compensation. You should speak to an experienced personal injury solicitor as soon as possible in order to ensure your case is registered within the three-year time limit.

Croftons Solicitors have a wealth of experience in cases such as this, and will be able to advise you every step of the way. We can also act on behalf of family members of workers who have tragically been fatally injured in a construction accident.

Call us on 0800 2800 094 to find out how we can assist with your claim, or fill in the enquiry form on this page.

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