Using barriers to protect pedestrians

It can be very frustrating, as a pedestrian, to have to navigate areas with road works which haven’t been adequately signed or which don’t seem to have created a safe alternative route for pedestrians. Road workers setting up works must always take pedestrians into account, even when working in an area that is only rarely used by travellers on foot. Read on for a guide on how to use barriers properly to protect pedestrians.

When are barriers necessary?

Barriers are necessary to prevent pedestrians from accidentally walking into an area of construction. Construction areas are considered dangerous and therefore, to enter you must be wearing the correct protective clothing. Pedestrians are not equipped to enter into the dangerous zone of a construction site by even one foot, so barriers must always be placed around an area of road works when it is adjacent to a public footpath.

How to set up barriers

Road workers setting up signs around their working area must make an assessment of the area in order to decide on the safest route for pedestrians. If enough space is available, without encroaching into an area of danger, a pathway should be made for pedestrians on the existing public footpath. If enough safe space is not available, an alternative pathway should be creating using barriers around the road works on the road. Cones should be placed one metre away from the barriers in order to leave a safe distance for cars to pass the temporary public walkway.

What to do if you have been injured by inadequate signage

Each year, many thousands of people in the UK are injured due to inadequate signage. If you have been injured as a result of trying to walk around road works where a safe pedestrian route had not been provided, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation.

Claiming compensation

Personal injury compensation is a legal provision which exists in order to compensate the victims of others’ negligence both in terms of their suffering and financial losses. To find out more, contact our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. We are a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation and which has been helping others like you receive the compensation they are legally entitled to for over thirteen years. We work on a no win, no fee* basis, and with the minimum of hassle to the claimant themselves, who won’t usually have to attend court personally.

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