Any type of building work that takes place overhead carries its own particular set of risks. When people are injured by overhead construction, it is often due to the knock-on effects of something that has happened at height. For instance, when workers are performing maintenance work on a roof, there may be awkward edges and openings, as well as uneven surfaces that could cause falls. When this happens, tools or other equipment might fall to the ground, impacting anyone who happens to be passing by, there that happens to be fellow construction workers, or members of the public.
Where scaffolding is erected in an area where there might be shops or offices, then it is possible for people walking underneath the gangplanks to come into contact with objects that happen to filter down from above. This could be anything from masonry being chipped away from the surface of a building, to bolts or screws. Anything falling from height has the possibility to cause a range of injuries, from cuts and bruises to more serious fractures. Anyone walking underneath construction work is most likely to be struck on the head and shoulders.
What are the controls regarding being injured by overhead construction?
Any company that will be undertaking building work has a legal obligation to safeguard its own employees, and the public. Where there will be pedestrian areas affected by overhead work, then passageways should be erected, protected by appropriate covering. Risk assessment should identify areas that are particularly hazardous, such as the zones below cranes, or parts of the site where materials are loaded or off-loaded.
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If you have been involved with an accident overhead construction was the cause, then you might be considering the possibilities of a compensation claim. You don’t have to feel overwhelmed by the legal implications of this undertaking, because Accident Advice Helpline are here for situations just like yours. We have been pursuing these types of industrial insurance claims for over years, and with Esther Rantzen as the company patron we have built a formidable reputation in the industry. Call our free hotline, on 0800 689 0500, and we will put you in touch with a professional compensation claims lawyer for some no-obligation advice.
Date Published: February 19, 2015
Author: David Brown