May 21, 2013
A North London borough has announced plans to reduce the number of personal injuries due to dangerous potholes by revising its inspection and repair policy.
Haringey Council announced the decision to invest £109 million into maintaining the streets and pavements in the borough following the settlement of a compensation claim for personal injuries due to dangerous potholes to an Australian charity worker.
An investigation into the accident in which Kyle Bullock sustained permanent brain damage after tripping and falling on a seven-centimetre pothole on Lightfoot Road in Hornsey revealed that the Council´s current policy was costing more money in the settlement of claims for personal injuries due to dangerous potholes than it was saving.
The investigation also revealed that 92% percent of the borough´s pavements and roads are inspected for dangerous potholes only twice a year.
Now, according to a council spokesperson, Haringey Council intend to increase that frequency and act on any pothole with a depth of three centimetres or less within six days rather than the current twenty-eight days. The revised program to reduce the number of personal injuries due to dangerous potholes will provisionally run for six months after which time it´s success will be reviewed.