Fork lift truck
If you have sustained an injury as a result of a fork lift truck accident at work then contact Compensation Claims Today on 0800 131 3636
Employers have a duty under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 to ensure that pedestrians and vehicles circulate in a safe manner. Vehicles such as fork lift trucks, reach trucks and stand up trucks would fall under the aforementioned regulations. Fork lift trucks are dangerous pieces of equipment and research shows that every day a British worker needs hospital treatment for injuries involving fork lift trucks. Injuries sustained by accidents involving fork lift trucks vary from minor injuries to fatalities. These incidents can lead to forklift accident compensation claims.
It is not only workers who are at risk of injury due to fork lift trucks, but also members of the public who visit garden centres, DIY stores, etc.
Avoiding Fork lift accidents
Employers should do the following to ensure that the risk of accidents involving fork lift trucks is reduced:
- Clearly mark traffic routes for forklift trucks so that pedestrians and vehicles can move safely
- Make sure that traffic routes are kept clear so fork lift trucks can move around safely
- Should provide proper training to their employees in how to correctly use and drive fork lift trucks
- Provide operators of fork lift trucks with the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as fluorescent jackets, hard hats, safety hats, gloves, etc
- Inspect and maintain the fork lift trucks
Typical fork lift accident compensation claims arise from:
- Fork lift truck drivers who drive carelessly and collide with work equipment and fellow employees
- Fork lift truck drivers who drive too quickly
- Fork lift trucks that topple over due to uneven work surfaces
- Loads that have fallen off the back of fork lift trucks that have landed on other employees and visitors
- Fork lift trucks running over fellow employees and pedestrians’ feet
- Fork lift trucks causing objects to fall from height e.g. shelves
- Collisions with other fork lift trucks
Injuries from fork lift truck accidents can vary depending on the severity of the accident and the injury sustained, for example:
- Crushing injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
Things to do if you have sustained an injury as a result of a fork lift truck accident:
- Ensure that the injury is reported and a record is taken
- Seek medical advice/treatment
- Obtain evidence e.g. photographs of the area where the accident occurred
- Obtain witnesses’ contact details, if applicable
- Contact Latimer Lee Solicitors Limited
Note: it is illegal for an employer to dismiss or discipline an employee for making a claim for compensation as a result of sustaining an injury at work.
We have dealt with many successful claims for compensation as a result of fork lift truck accidents. Contact us today on 0800 131 3636 and let us help you make a successful fork lift injury compensation claim.
Our services are No Win No Fee so you won’t lose a penny when making any compensation claim.