The construction industry around the whole of the UK is beginning to recover and this applies to the Walkden area as well. Following the serious economic downturn of the last few years, businesses are starting to feel confident enough to invest in new properties and building sites are becoming a more common sight.
Unfortunately, the construction industry reports a large number of workplace accidents every year and as the number of building sites increases, the number of accident lawyers in Walkden say construction site claims are also likely to increase. A construction industry claim arises when an employee is injured on a construction site in Walkden during an accident or incident that was not their fault. They can call Accident Advice Helpline and start a claim to get some money from the person who was at fault for the accident. In the majority of cases that Accident Advice Helpline would deal with, the injury lawyer in Walkden would handle the claim to be made against the employer because they did not take all reasonable steps to protect the workers’ health and safety.
One of the many hazards on a construction site would be the vehicles. Around 100 construction workers are injured every year in accidents involving vehicles. A vehicle on a construction site could be:
- Heavy goods vehicles
- Low loaders
- Dump trucks
- Lift trucks
There are several steps that employers can take on building sites to prevent vehicle related accidents and so avoid construction industry claims.
If there is an accident between a vehicle and a pedestrian than it is going to be the pedestrian that gets hurt. The ultimate control strategy is a complete separation of pedestrians and vehicles so that they are not in the same place at the same time. This can only be achieved with careful planning and management of the construction site.
- Vehicles and pedestrians should enter and exit the site using separate entrances and exits to ensure that they are not trying to pass through gates and openings at the same time.
- It is not enough to just provide pedestrian walkways – they need to be firm, level, well-drained and should take a direct route. The whole point is to encourage pedestrians to use them!
- Walkways may need to cross vehicle routes at some stage and these crossing points need to be clearly signed and lit so that pedestrians and vehicle drivers know that they are there.
- The visibility of vehicle routes should not be restricted – drivers should be able to see pedestrian routes as they pull out into the roadway.
- Walkways should not become blocked – this will result in pedestrians having to leave the walkway and enter a vehicle pathway in order to get to where they need to be.
- It may be necessary to erect a physical barrier between the pedestrian walkway and the vehicle route.
Need accident lawyers in Walkden? Contact Accident Advice helpline today
If you’ve been hurt within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, there’s a good chance that accident solicitors in Walkden will be able to help you to make a claim so why not contact us to find out more? Simply call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile to find out more or to make your compensation claim today
Date Published: 27th October 2013
Author: David Brown