There are plenty of places in the UK that can lay claim to their own piers. The famous one in Brighton has seen plenty of footfall over the years and there is even a funfair at the end of it. Southend in Essex, meanwhile can lay claim to the longest pier in the world. This happens to be over 7,000 feet in length. Southport and Ryde also have their own piers.
Fortunately very few accidents happen on piers. There are lifebelts available to throw over the side should anyone end up falling from a pier, but for the most part there are secure railings and other protective measures that ensure piers are very safe. If this was not the case and there was an accident, it could potentially highlight negligence.
Is it possible to fall from a pier?
For the most part no. however, there could potentially be cases where people might be put in potential danger if hazards on a pier are not noted and fixed. For example, many piers are made from hundreds of wooden slats laid on top of the foundations. You can walk across the wooden slats and sometimes even see the sea below. They are perfectly safe of course but there could be the potential for some of these slats to wear down and become potentially dangerous.
Imagine for example someone falling from a pier as a result of these slats breaking underneath them as they walked across them. This would lead to a nasty fall into the water below. Accidents like this almost never happen, but it’s good to know you could contact a company like Accident Advice Helpline if it did.
Focusing on safety first
Every owner of a pier must focus on health and safety to ensure the pier is always as safe as it can possibly be. For example if the railings along the edges of the pier become loose and someone were to lean on them, they could fall over the edge. Regular maintenance will prevent this type of incident from occurring.
If you ever need no-obligation advice regarding an accident such as this, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. With the benefit of our experience you can soon learn whether a no win, no fee* case might be worth trying for in your situation. Call and find out more now.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown