Why Might a Pedestrian be Injured on a Construction Site?Your first thought might be that you are very unlikely to be injured at a public construction site, if you are just walking along, minding your own business and paying close attention to any barriers, signage or warnings that are in place. You’d be wrong. Accidents in public construction zones are far more common than you might imagine. How are accidents happening when workers at construction sites should have stringent safety measures in place? Well, usually because someone, somewhere in the construction company, has made a mistake. Causes of pedestrian accidents on public construction sites can include:
- Incorrect signage. Workplaces are exceptionally dangerous. Construction staff are usually trained and supplied with safety hats and equipment to protect themselves, but members of the public aren’t. If someone were to wander into a construction site accidentally, they’d be in trouble. That’s why these sites are heavily regulated. Safety measures are put in place, and even small sites must place clear barriers and signs, to warn passers-by. These signs must be visible and easy to spot. Unfortunately, they aren’t always. Or, sites are left unmarked when signs and barriers are moved.
- Publicly accessible sites left unattended. Think about all of the road works, footpath repairs and other small sites that you walk past every day. These areas can’t always be closed off to the public, but they should be marked and kept safe. When these sites are left unattended, perhaps overnight, even with clear signage, they pose a risk to motorists and passers-by.
- Malfunctioning traffic signals or a lack of stop signs. A common cause of accidents around construction areas is when motorists fail to stop at temporary traffic lights, causing an accident. But, sometimes, they can’t help it. If the signs aren’t there or aren’t working correctly, it can cause serious road accidents, sometimes involving pedestrians.
- Unsecured Tools. If tools placed in high-up areas aren’t properly secured, they could fall from the site and injure someone walking below.
- Poorly inspected equipment. Equipment used on a construction site should be regularly inspected and properly maintained. If it isn’t, it could cause injury both to those using it and passers-by.