The UK construction industry was hit very badly during the recession but is now showing signs of a strong recovery. The serious economic downturn is now in the past for many businesses and they are feeling confident enough to open up construction sites once more. Investors are willing to back large building projects, helped with some government incentive schemes. Sadly, this upturn in construction activity is likely to see an increase in the number of accidents reported from the building sector and in the number of construction site accidents in Peterborough.
Making a claim with for construction site accidents in Peterborough
The construction industry accounts for a large proportion of the total workplace accidents that are reported every year. A personal injury solicitor in Peterborough would help an injured construction worker to claim compensation if they were injured in an accident that was not their own fault. The injured construction worker can get this help by calling us here at Accident Advice Helpline and telling us that they want to start a personal injury claim. We deal with hundreds of calls like this every week and will know exactly what to do. The claim is usually started against your employer because they did not protect your health and safety.
Some of the callers looking for an occupational injury solicitor in Peterborough have been injured by a vehicle on a construction site. This could have been a:
- Heavy goods vehicle
- Low loader
- Dump truck
- Lift truck
Most of the construction site accidents in Peterborough are avoidable.
Keep pedestrians and vehicles apart on construction sites
If a construction site vehicle hits a human body then there are no prizes for guessing which is going to get more seriously damaged. Therefore, the bottom line in accident prevention on construction sites is the complete separation of pedestrians and vehicles. If they are not in the same place at the same time they cannot hit each other. The separation requires careful planning and management of the construction site.
- Vehicles and pedestrians could be made to enter and exit the site using separate entrances and exits
- Pedestrian walkways could be provided which are firm, level, well-drained and take a direct route so that pedestrians choose to use them
- Where walkways cross vehicle routes this has to be clearly signed and lit so everyone knows what is going on
- Drivers must be able to see pedestrian routes as they pull out into the roadway and so the visibility of vehicle routes should not be restricted
- Walkways should remain clear of obstructions so that pedestrians do not have to leave the walkway at any point
- Physical barriers may be needed between pedestrian walkways and vehicle routes
Contacting Accident Advice Helpline
If these precautions have not been introduced and you have been injured as a result, you may be able to claim. Pick up the phone and call us here at Accident Advice Helpline. You can reach us on 0800 689 0500 from your landline or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Give us a call after construction site accidents in Peterborough.