Road maintenance accidents have a clear potential to be very serious indeed. The individuals who are most at risk are the employees working alongside roadways. Sometimes, often a thin line of plastic cones is all that separates a gang of workers busy administering to potholes or road markings and heavy traffic crashing by. Sufficient warning must be given that there are roadworks ahead, but drivers are notorious for failing to pay full attention to their environment. Where cars impact with signage, the consequences can be serious for anyone caught in the path.
Any accident on a busy road can have a domino effect. After the initial situation, other vehicles can become involved, placing more maintenance workers at risk. Other factors will increase the likelihood of injury, such as poor visibility. Repairs to road surfaces are often undertaken during spells when road users will be less inconvenienced. However, working early in the morning or at night time means that workers will then be faced with toiling under harsh artificial lighting where mistakes are more liable to occur. Because these employees work in teams, any issue facing an individual will have repercussions.
How road maintenance accidents should be foreseen
Prior to sending a team of repair staff out onto busy highways, the environment where they will be working should be risk assessed. This will look into various aspects of the surroundings, such as the volume of traffic, the type of work to be undertaken, the general terrain and even such things as the weather. The employees should be familiar with all the equipment they may have to use, and must also be aware of the safety procedures. Training should be provided to cover every eventuality and there should be contingency plans that outline the steps that will be taken should anyone receive any kind of injury.
Accident Advice Helpline will point you in the right direction
When you have suffered an industrial accident, there is one company who can be relied upon to support you while you recuperate. Accident Advice Helpline have been investigating cases of negligence for more than 15 years, with a team of qualified compensation claims lawyers ready to look into every new case that comes before us. Our team can review your own situation and advise whether or not your circumstances would merit a claim. You can phone us on 0800 689 0500 to be put in touch with our advisors.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown