Road workers have a tough job – manual labour on the roads in all weather conditions, is never going to be easy, let’s face it. But just because it’s tough, doesn’t mean that it has to be dangerous. It’s true, there are dangers associated with this type of job, but there are also things employers can do to ensure workers are safe. But what are some of the dangers of being a road worker?
Common road worker dangers
- Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). Working with heavy duty drills and other vibrating equipment could lead to the development of HAVS. This occurs when workers are using vibrating tools for long period of time without a rest, and not wearing protective gloves, designed to protect the hands from the vibrations. The damage can be permanent.
- Hearing loss. If you have suffered hearing loss after working with loud equipment – and your employer did not provide you with hearing protection – you could be affected temporarily or permanently, and you could be eligible to claim personal injury compensation.
- Hit by a vehicle. Road workers are at risk of being hit by oncoming traffic, as they are often working on busy roads. If you have been struck by a dangerous driver who failed to stop or was using their mobile phone at the wheel, you could suffer serious head injuries, broken bones, crush injuries or even a brain injury.
- Slips, trips and falls. Wet conditions and uneven pavements are among the dangers of being a road worker and can’t really be avoided. But serious falls into an uncovered manhole or hole in the road could occur if proper precautions are not taken, or you could trip over tools or trailing cables, suffering serious injuries.
- Injuries caused by faulty tools or machinery. The tools you use in your job on a daily basis should be regularly checked and any faults reported. A faulty piece of machinery could cause an accident leading to lacerations, facial or eye injuries (if parts break off and hit you in the face) or even more serious injuries.
Who will pay your personal injury settlement?
Your employer could be held liable if you’re injured whilst working on the roads – so if you work for the local council, they could be ordered to pay you compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as loss of earnings. Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 and our team of advisors will give you confidential, no-obligation advice, however you have been injured.
Date Published: April 19, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton