Sewage work doesn’t sound too pleasant, but every day there are people who do such work for a living. It can be demanding and unpleasant at times, but thankfully it is generally a safe job to do. However there are cases where sewage work accidents have occurred and one or more workers have ended up with injuries of some kind.
When this happens it is important to determine how those injuries occurred. For example, could they have been prevented? Were the right things done prior to the accident to limit the chances of anything going wrong? Could negligence be proven in any way? If the latter is true there is a chance that an injured person could claim compensation.
How do sewage work accidents happen?
There are all manner of things that could potentially happen in these cases. Fumes can be a potential danger in these circumstances, because sewage does release various gases.
If a worker does not have breathing equipment on and they are in a confined space, it is more likely something will go wrong. If they are overcome they might fall or slip and sustain an injury.
It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that the workspace sewage workers are going to be in is as safe as possible. This might mean the workers are issued with specific equipment or clothing that will limit the chances of sewage work accidents occurring.
If none of this happens, the employer could be negligent in their duties and compensation might be payable to those injured.
Working in different environments
The nature of sewage work means individual workers might have to work in various areas. For example drains might need to be unblocked in various locations, so it is not a case of someone working in just one workplace all the time.
However this doesn’t mean there is no need for risk assessments. If anything they are even more vital to ensure no one comes to any harm while working on the job.
In some cases things can potentially go wrong, and if this happens to you it is good to know you have somewhere to go for no-obligation advice.
Accident Advice Helpline can certainly help you, so why not give us a call free of charge now on 0800 689 0500? It’s the best way to see where you stand regarding your accident.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen