Vehicles are used on building sites for all kinds of reasons. The dangers of building site vehicles should always be borne in mind, because proper attention to the potential risks can mean accidents that would otherwise occur can be prevented. Let’s look at the main risks here, so you can understand what can be avoided.
The main dangers
- Large vehicles working in small spaces. A lack of space can increase the risks involved. Clearing a small space of pedestrians and other workers could reduce the risks of injury in this situation.
- Coming into contact with pedestrians. Pedestrians should have clear paths to follow that keep them well clear of all potential vehicle-related hazards, thus avoiding some potentially-nasty collisions.
- Falling from a vehicle. Slippery steps and loose handholds could potentially lead to a fall becoming more likely. This can lead to severe injuries, especially if back or head injuries are involved.
- Risks associated with loading and unloading of vehicles. Building vehicles will arrive on-site with bricks, cement and all manner of other things to be used in the construction process. The unloading of such goods, and the loading of items to be taken away and disposed of, should be planned in advance with the help of a risk assessment. This will help reduce the risks.
- Lack of training. An awareness of the risks, and proper training given to the appropriate people, can vastly reduce the dangers of building site vehicles. Drivers will know how to operate the vehicles safely and to assess and reduce the risks. Others in the area will know what to look for and to take responsibility for their safety. Employers can keep pedestrians and vehicles apart, too.
Have you been injured?
An injury caused by the dangers of building site vehicles could be severe, regardless of where you are when the injury is caused. Accident Advice Helpline has won cases on behalf of those who have been injured in the past. This has led to compensation being paid to these individuals. We may be able to do the same for you, if you can prove negligence on the part of someone else. Call on 0800 689 0500 now to learn more, and to see whether a no win, no fee case could be taken on by one of our experienced lawyers acting on your behalf.
Date Published: April 18, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead