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Five potential hazards in the windy weather and how to minimise the risks

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Five potential hazards in the windy weather and how to minimise the risks

As the seasons change, so does the weather, and with it comes a variety of challenges. Windy weather, in particular, can pose unique risks that we may not always consider. In this blog we will discuss five potential hazards associated with windy conditions and provide valuable advice on minimising the risk of injuries.

Property owner responsibility

Property owners have a legal obligation to maintain a safe environment. During windy weather, this responsibility extends to securing loose objects on their premises, such as outdoor furniture, signs, or equipment. Failure to do so may result in legal liability if these objects cause harm to others.

Pedestrian safety

Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable during windy weather. Property owners should take measures to ensure that pathways are clear of debris, fallen branches, or any potential tripping hazards. If a property owner neglects these responsibilities, and you suffer an injury as a result, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim.

Roadway hazards

Adverse weather conditions, including strong winds, can impact road safety. Property owners, local authorities, and businesses are responsible for promptly addressing road hazards caused by weather-related incidents. This includes clearing debris, fallen trees, or other obstacles that may pose a danger to drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.

Vehicle accidents

Driving in windy conditions requires extra caution. However, accidents can still occur due to flying debris, fallen trees, or reduced visibility. If you're involved in a car accident during windy weather, consult with a personal injury lawyer to assess liability and determine if any parties may be held responsible for the damages.

Workplace safety

Employers must prioritise employee safety, and this includes addressing potential hazards brought about by windy weather. Adequate training, safety protocols, and protective measures should be in place to prevent workplace injuries during adverse weather conditions.

Understanding the legal aspects of personal injury during windy weather is crucial for both property owners and individuals. If you've been injured due to someone else's negligence in maintaining a safe environment during windy conditions, seeking legal advice is essential. Our team is here to guide you through the process of assessing liability and pursuing a personal injury claim to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Stay safe, and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Our experienced personal injury advisors on 0161 696 6235 will be able to discuss the details of your claim with you and advise you further.

By Millie Wilde, graduate paralegal