According to the Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA), the UK’s roads are some of the safest in the world, with accidents at an all-time low on the last 40 years. This doesn’t mean to say that you won’t experience a road traffic accident, nor does it mean to say that road traffic workers will not suffer injuries at work.
Occupational dangers for road traffic workers
In fact, injuries for road traffic workers can be quite severe, so severe that a study by Oxford University ranked the profession as the 16th most dangerous in the UK.
As reported by HTMA, according to the Highways Agency, between 2003 and 2008, 11 road workers were killed and 104 were seriously injured on motorways and major routes in England.
Gov.uk reported a rise in this figure in the five years between 2009 and 2013, when eight workers died and 317 were injured while working on or near motorways and major A roads.
All this considered, it is fair to say that risks of injury for road traffic workers are a worrying occupational hazard. Yet, an awareness of these risks can help minimise the chance of sustaining preventable injuries at work.
Common injuries for road traffic workers
An RAC Foundation survey in 2007 found that 80 per cent of road workers have been physically or verbally abused by motorists, with 40 per cent of road traffic workers experiencing abuse on either a daily or weekly basis.
The survey also highlighted that one of the most dangerous factors for road traffic workers is driver ignorance towards temporary speed limits. This can frequently cause collisions and road-related injuries for drivers and workers alike.
Claiming compensation for accidents at work
If you have been involved in an accident at work through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim compensation for the harm and distress you have been made to endure.
For more information on how to claim personal injury compensation, and to receive a free initial consultation, speak with one of Accident Advice Helpline’s friendly advisors today.
Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your convenience. What’s more, you’re never under any pressure to pursue your claim at any point during or following your call to us.
Speak with us today on freephone number, 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice