Lollipop men and ladies are perhaps unsung heroes. They perform a vital role in ensuring that children can cross the road safely when walking to and from school. Here’s our handy survivor guide for working as a lollipop lady or man in a residential area.
Stop, look, listen!
It’s important to remember that although traffic must stop for a lollipop crossing, only proceed to stop traffic when it is safe to do so. Look both ways before crossing the road, and listen for any traffic that may be approaching from a junction where visibility may be reduced.
Always ensure that you wear your hi-vis coat or vest when performing lollipop duties. This will enable you to remain visible, especially in the cold, dark winter mornings where an ordinary pedestrian may not be seen as easily. Hi-vis coats help you to remain visible and therefore, reduce the risk of being involved in a road traffic accident.
As you will be performing a vital role in ensuring the safety of children crossing the road, it is important that you receive adequate training before beginning lollipop duties. You must familiarise yourself with the basic traffic laws of the area such as local speed limits and potential accident black spots as well the proper method of signalling drivers to stop. It is also important that you pass this knowledge on to the children who may be crossing, as you won’t always be there to help them when crossing the road.
Claiming compensation after a pedestrian accident
If you are a lollipop lady or man and have been injured in a pedestrian collision within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Being involved in a road traffic collision can render you unable to work for a period of time and can also cause stress and anxiety if and when you choose to return to your job. Compensation won’t take away the pain you’ve suffered but can help go towards redressing the financial costs that occur as the result of an accident.
Contact us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information on how you could make a 100% no-win-no-fee* claim for compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice