Car transporters, with their upper decks, ladders and decking gaps are inherently dangerous structures to work on. Falls from the upper deck – which can be raised high off the ground – are not uncommon, and can be fatal.
The problem is particularly acute when loading or unloading at car dealerships, where some of those involved in the process may not be properly trained or aware of the hazards. And when this situation occurs, the handling of heavy vehicles could be a recipe for disaster.
Avoiding workplace accidents on a car transporter
Hauliers and dealership owners are legally obliged to make sure that their employees work in an environment that is as safe as possible – and this includes while loading, unloading, driving or maintaining car transporters. If employers do not take all the necessary steps to help prevent workplace accidents, then they are likely to be held liable for any incident that happens as a consequence.
They not only have to comply with the usual health and safety rules affecting all employers but they also have to follow the Work at Height Regulations 2005 which states the employer must avoid work at height as far as is reasonable. Plus, as a result of the machinery required to load and raise cars onto transporters, the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 must also be adhered to.
The employer should carry out risk assessments identifying all the various hazards that come with working on a car transporter and then implement the appropriate precautions to avoid a potentially serious accident from happening.
According to the HSE, risk assessments for car transporter work will generally look at the following areas:
- Making sure there's suitable edge protection, such as safety rails, for high upper decks.
- Making sure all surfaces are free of tripping and slipping hazards.
- Ensuring ladders are only used when more suitable equipment is not available. If ladders must be used, they must be the appropriate height and width for the job and securely fixed in place.
- Ensuring areas where vehicles are loaded and unloaded are well lit.
- Making sure all staff involved in loading and unloading are properly trained.
Compensation solicitors for car transporter accidents
If you work for a haulage company or a car dealership and were injured because your employer did not comply with these rules, then you might be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries.
Thompsons' personal injury solicitors specialise in advising people on making compensation claims. We're passionate about ensuring workers who are injured through no fault of their own receive the compensation they deserve to help them cope with their injuries. So, If you are thinking about making a claim, why not give one of our injury solicitors a call? We'll answer any questions you have and hopefully help settle your concerns over making a work accident claim, and, for added peace of mind we have a No Win No Fee package for those who wish to take matters further.
Don't let you and your family suffer because of another party's negligence. Call Thompsons' experienced work accident solicitors today on 0800 0891331 and take your first step towards compensation.