Despite the economic down turn there are still a number of building projects taking place in and around East Kilbride. The East Kilbride construction industry is still moving forward and providing employment for thousands of workers. Some of these workers will be working with heavy plant machinery and the hazards of working with this sort of equipment are obvious. The machines have the potential to cause huge damage to the human body if careful safety controls are not put in place.
If you have been injured in a construction site no win no fee accident in East Kilbride then it may have involved heavy plant machinery. If it can be shown that you were hurt due to the fault of your employer then you may be able to start a personal injury claim for compensation. Here are some safety tips for employers who do not want to become involved in a construction site no win no fee accident in East Kilbride.
Preventing a no win no fee accident in East Kilbride – spotting the hazards
Employers should start off a health and safety review by identifying the most hazardous activities on the construction site. One way of doing this is to look at the procedures that have resulted in the most serious injuries and some of those are listed here:
- Moving – when large plant vehicles are being moved around they may strike a pedestrian and this is likely to be a construction worker. Reversing is especially hazardous.
- Slewing – this is when a person gets trapped (and potentially crushed) between the heavy plant vehicle and a wall or another vehicle. This sort of accident frequently causes serious crushing injuries.
- Working – this type of hazard typically involves a bucket attached to the heavy plant vehicle striking a pedestrian. If the pedestrian is hit on the head then a very serious brain injury can be the result. It is also possible for a badly fixed bucket to fall off the vehicle and land on a pedestrian causing very serious injuries.
Preventing accidents – controlling the risk
Once an employer has clearly identified the potential hazards they can move on to remove or minimise the chances of them happening. They may choose to do this by keeping pedestrians well away from the area where the heavy pant vehicle is working. If vehicles and people are effectively separated then fewer injuries will occur.
This can be successfully achieved by introducing a barrier to stop workers and visitors walking into the working area. The visibility from the heavy plant vehicle is also vital. If the person operating the vehicle has good visibility then they are more likely to see a pedestrian and avoid an accident.
Contacting Accident Advice Helpline
If you have been injured in a construction site accident, 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. Call us today!
Date Published: 7th October 2015
Author: David Brown