Roadwork accidents can happen very quickly, and the injuries sustained will range from minor to fatal. Workers who are out on the UK’s road network are particularly vulnerable for various reasons. It goes without saying that a number of the roadwork tasks they perform will place them in the vicinity of fast-moving traffic. It is up to employers to ensure that their workforce are adequately protected from harm by issuing the appropriate safety gear. Areas where maintenance work is being undertaken must be cordoned effectively, taking into account other factors such as weather conditions and visibility.
Workers on roads have to be familiar with a variety of types of machine. For resurfacing work, this could be tar spreaders or stone dispensers. There will also be equipment to heat the surfaces when tarmac is being sealed. Every operation requiring manual operation must be risk assessed so that there is never any danger of employees putting themselves or their colleagues in any danger. It is therefore imperative that individuals are all trained to the appropriate level, and that manuals are on hand for every piece of apparatus. Workers should all be aware that safety guards should be engaged.
How roadwork accidents can be avoided
Like any other industrial setting, the key to keeping a road maintenance workforce safe from harm is a strong risk assessment policy. There should be clear guidelines in place that designate those personnel responsible for operating any machinery. Those individuals must be fully trained and must never attempt to use a machine that looks similar if they have not been told how to use it. Where there are employees for whom English is not their first language, they should be given particular care when emphasising operational guidelines and issuing safety rules.
Contacting legal experts is simple
Suffering an injury in a road accident can have a life-long impact on the victim. If you have experience of this, the thought of court action may well have dissuaded you from taking things further. However, you are perfectly entitled to be awarded compensation where you have been the unwitting victim of someone else’s negligence. If you would like a team of legal experts to assess your case, with no obligation to act on their findings, then phone Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. All of our cases are taken on a no win no fee basis.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: Rob Steen