The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have investigated a case whereby a woman tragically died when a 13ftx13ft window fell on her as she walked by a building in central London in August 2012.
Three people have been accused of manslaughter due to gross negligence and also of breaching general duty at work. Another person in connection with the incident is also accused of breaching general duty at work.
Appearing in court in September will be the four accused as well as three companies who are accused of having breached a general duty of care to an employee and of having breached a general duty of care to a non-employee.
In light of this incident it just goes to show that you don’t necessarily need to be at work to be involved in a work accident, you could simply be an unsuspecting pedestrian walking by a building site or road works, for example.
You might not be employed by the particular company who caused your unnecessary injury, but you can still pursue a claim for compensation against their insurers if you were involved in an accident that caused you a personal injury and you weren’t at fault.
Employers and contractors who are working in an area that is still open to the public whilst they work have a duty of care to protect not only their employees, but the general public from harm. They should also ensure all safety precautions are in place before work begins to keep in line with compulsory health and safety guidelines.
Slater and Gordon Senior Personal Injury Solicitor commented, “This is a tragic and very sad case. It serves as a reminder of the dangers of items falling when people are working at height and the precautions that have to be taken, which sadly may well not have been in this case, to protect innocent passers-by as well as those undertaking the work."
Matthew Tomlinson is a Senior Personal Injury Solicitor at Slater and Gordon in Sheffield.
If you have been injured in an accident at work or if you were walking by a construction or road work project and happened to be injured through no fault of your own, Slater and Gordon Personal Injury Lawyers can help.
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