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Good Morning All

 

I'm looking for a bit of advise, which this forum has always been fantastic for.

 

A family friend suffered a fall when they fell over a ladder which had been left unguarded and unattended in the middle of a public footpath. They have a solicitor involved who is really dragging their feet.

 

Can anyone point me in the direction or explain the law on working on a public footpath and the safety precautions they must legally abide by? If you want me to be more specific I would say what is the minimum/standard they must adhere to when blocking a public right of way (signs, barriers etc)? What training must employees have had prior to working on a public footpath? Which is the legal document I should refer to in relation to this matter?

 

Thanks in advance and apologies if I've posted in the wrong sub forum :)

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Hello there.

 

I think there probably is a better forum for the sort of advice you're after. I'm not sure which would be best, so have flagged your thread for the site team.

 

My best, HB

Edited by honeybee13
Flagged, not flaffed, sorry. :(

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Try the HSE website and Health and safety at work notices for roadways etc. ( footpaths considered as pert of roadway ).

local council may also be able to help.

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Hi,

 

I agree the HSE should be involved. Who owned the ladder, and was it laid on the ground or up wall? They should be reported to the HSE and the local authority. Any claim for damages Should be met by the ladders owner or their public liability insurer (all companies must carry this by law in the UK).

 

Jeremy


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