Few of us ever think about the work that goes into keeping our roads in good condition. They need to be resurfaced every now and then, and sometimes changes are made in the way the roads are designed. For example, a new junction may be put in place, or an extra lane could be added to a motorway.
Whenever anything like this has to be done, it is the skilled road workers who make it happen. They may go out as a two-person team, perhaps to fill in potholes on a particular road or in a specific area. On the other hand, there could be a number of road workers who head out at night and cone off a section of motorway, so repair work can be done with the minimum of disruption.
Is it a safe job?
There are all kinds of rules and regulations that are used to ensure any injuries you could sustain as a road worker do not happen. Health and safety is of paramount importance in these situations. However, there are occasions when something goes wrong, and someone may receive injuries that could potentially have been prevented.
For example, perhaps the most obvious incident that could potentially occur would be to be hit by a vehicle using the road. If this happens, the injuries you could sustain as a road worker might be serious and life threatening. In other cases, you could end up being hurt by lifting something too heavy, or by being hit by another vehicle working on the site. Fortunately, it is very rare that something like this might happen.
How could an injury affect you?
In some cases, you might be hurt in a way that could warrant you taking a few days off work to recover. However, if the injury is more serious, you might have to stop doing the job altogether. A lot will depend on the nature of the injury and how it happens.
In any event, if negligence is found to have been the root cause of your injuries, you could have a chance to claim compensation. If you call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, you can speak to someone who might be able to help. We operate a no win, no fee policy with regard to compensation claims, so see if you can claim with our help now.
Date Published: April 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead