The UK’s traffic network requires ongoing maintenance. Unfortunately, an injured road worker is a far from uncommon occurrence, especially when careless drivers don’t pay attention to warning signs. There are strict health and safety rules governing how this type of work is carried out. Staff are required to wear high-visibility jackets at all times and ensure that cones, signs and warning lights are displayed. However, accidents can still happen, no matter how attentive the maintenance workers are during operations. As well as speeding vehicles passing the site where work is being undertaken, the equipment being used has the capacity to inflict injuries.
The jobs that are typically undertaken involve various machines. Road resurfacing involves the use of specially designed equipment that must be treated with caution. It is important for the workers who will be using machinery containing fast-moving parts to be aware of the risks. These should be assessed well in advance and safeguards installed. There should always be clear access to instructions, from hard copies to online guidelines. The employer must designate a foreman with responsibility for maintaining a safe working environment.
The aftermath of an incident that led to an injured road worker
With industrial accidents, it is too often the case that precautions are only taken after an event has highlighted shortcomings, but there can be serious consequences for employers where a worker is hurt through negligence. There are clear guidelines aimed at offering as much protection as possible for staff, such as providing rigorous training and assessment of risk areas. The latter should never be seen as a one-off exercise: regular follow-up reports should be made. With road maintenance, the working environment is liable to fluctuate considerably, so the risk assessment should always present an up-to-date picture.
Lawyers who will look out for you
If you have been injured while working on the UK’s roads, you may well be the victim of someone else’s negligence. Finding out whether this is the case lies in thoroughly investigating your particular circumstances. This is actually quite a straightforward process once you get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline by phoning 0800 689 0500. We have a team of qualified compensation claims lawyers on hand, ready to assess your situation. If you do qualify for a claim, this will proceed without any need for court appearances.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown