Are you wondering how on earth you could sustain injuries working on a beach? It is rare, to be sure, but there have been instances where people have been hurt.
If work is required to maintain a pier, a sea wall or some other structure on or near a beach, the work must be planned in a proper manner to ensure there is little chance of any injuries occurring.
Unfortunately there have been isolated instances where this has not happened. Risk assessments should always be done in these circumstances to determine whether there is any potential for things to go awry.
The beach location and the work to be done should be properly assessed to ensure any potential hazards are noted. This will make it easier to find a solution to them so everyone can work in safety.
How might you sustain injuries working on a beach?
If heavy equipment is being used to move sand, drive piles in to support a pier or anything of a similar nature, it must be stable and supported. If this is not the case it could knock someone over and cause injuries which could be quite serious.
Since a beach is naturally quite unstable underfoot, this should be noted and any way of making it more stable should be considered.
This is why risk assessments are so important. The challenges of a particular work location do not mean an employer can ignore those challenges and merely hope for the best.
Thankfully few ever do this, but the Health and Safety Executive has prosecuted some employers for flouting the health and safety laws.
Health and safety
These laws are in place to ensure people are always safe in the workplace. The Health and Safety Executive also provides lots of advice and support with regard to adhering to those laws. This means no employer has any excuse to say they didn’t know about any potential dangers their employees were faced with.
Thankfully Accident Advice Helpline is here for you if you should ever need us. Contact us by calling 0800 689 0500 today. This is our free 24/7 enquiry line and you can always call whenever it suits you most.
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Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Accident at work claim