Mobile offices on construction sites are vulnerable to a number of dangers, both internal and external. In this article, we’ll look at how to place and maintain a mobile office so as to minimise the risk of accidents.
Choosing where to place a mobile office on site is of prime importance. Objects or parts of vehicles such as cranes carrying loads, for example, should never have to pass directly over the roof of the mobile site office. The office should be placed far enough away from scaffolding so that it could not fall onto the roof of the office if it were to collapse. Common sense should be employed in keeping the mobile office far enough away from all dangers on site.
Workers in the office must remember that they are still on a construction site and this requires protective clothing to be worn at all times.
Just like all offices, mobile offices are often full of many small obstacles that could constitute tripping hazards. For this reason, they must be kept clean and tidy at all times. Power cables must be tucked away from the main floor, and objects must not be stacked up precariously. The floor or carpet must be swept clean every day and carpets should be flat and free of tripping hazards.
Because mobile offices are temporary structures, they are also vulnerable to the additional dangers of dampness causing a danger of electrocution and the nearby presence of an electrical generator which can contain highly flammable materials. For this reason, it is very important that mobile offices be kept watertight, that fire extinguishers are available at all times and that the office should be placed a distance away from its electrical generator (if one is used). Gas fuel for the generator should also not be kept inside the office.
What to do if you have been injured in a mobile office
If you have been injured in any way in a mobile office, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This is because your employer has a duty of care to keep you safe at work and this includes making sure that your environment is clean, safe and free of dangerous obstacles.
For more information on personal injury compensation and employer negligence, call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to tell you whether or not you are likely to be eligible for compensation, and how much you could potentially receive.
Date Published: February 28, 2014
Author: David Brown