Rail construction work can be hazardous, and although there should always be safeguards in place to prevent serious injury, accidents do occur. There is a range of hazards that can cause railway construction injuries. Sleepers have to be replaced on tracks due to the excessive wear and tear of fast-moving trains passing over them, as well as weather conditions. While transporting these to their location can be done by heavy-lifting equipment, at some point there must be manual intervention. It is during situations like these that human error can step in.
Bridges and tunnels have to be maintained for the same reasons. Working in confined spaces, or where visibility is reduced, can lead to situations where healthy and safety becomes compromised. In order to keep passenger disruption to a minimum, much of the rail infrastructure work is carried out after-hours. When crews are working through the night, they become more exposed to latent dangers, such as exposed live wires, or hazards blocking passageways. Repair work to signalling is often undertaken at height, bringing a further set of risks for the rail employees.
What happens after railway construction injuries?
Regardless of the nature of the injury, where it was a shock sustained from unprotected cabling, or it happened as a result of heavy equipment falling, the outcome is invariably a debilitating injury. Rail companies must adhere to heath and safety protocols at all times, regularly risk assessing the workplace where they are expecting their employees to perform their daily maintenance tasks. But no system can ever by one hundred per cent fool proof, so it is inevitable that accidents will still happen. When they do, the question will naturally arise about who was responsible.
Do your circumstances warrant a possible compensation claim?
Accident Advice Helpline will answer any queries you might have regarding railway-related injuries you have sustained over the past three years. These are stressful times for you, but we will be able to put you in the picture regarding where you stand. It’s really quite simple – for some no-obligation advice all you have to do is call our free hotline, then one of our advisors can pass your case on to a professional injury compensation claims lawyer. So call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500, to set the ball rolling on your no win, no fee* claim.
Date Published: February 19, 2015
Author: David Brown