This versatile heavy machinery is used for lifting all kinds of materials but unfortunately health and safety can be poor leading to an employee or pedestrian being injured and having to make a forklift truck accident claim.
Health and safety measures are vital in protecting the forklift truck operator, co-workers and members of the public, and an employer has a duty of care to ensure that they are enforced correctly.
Strict guidelines are in place which include that all forklift truck training should be carried out away from other workers by a credited trainer every 3 years.
The training should include knowledge and skills to operate the machinery, safety clothing, reporting of forklift truck accidents, correct supervision, and how to regularly maintain the forklift truck. There should be audible warning devices on the machinery and flashing lights, as well as good lighting and an area that is flat and free from obstructions.
These types of forklift truck accidents can cause all kinds of injuries which tend to be quite serious ranging from back injuries, broken bones and fractures and even occasionally fatality. In fact every day a British worker needs hospital treatment after a forklift truck accident.
As well as employees, members of the public can be at risk of being injured by a fork lift truck whilst visiting DIY stores, garden centres or warehouses.
There are a number of reasons why forklift truck accidents happen but the majority happen when:
Many employees worry that they could lose their job if they make a claim against their employer. However an employer is required by law to have insurance that should cover any compensation awarded. Since 1963 it is compulsory for employers to have Employers Liability Insurance.
Also, it is important to remember that by highlighting health and safety problems at work it prevents others from being hurt and in the long run could ensure that procedures are improved.
At Hattons Solicitors we can advise you of your best options and answer any concerns or questions that you have before processing any claim.
We work closely with our clients to keep them informed about their claim and our clients can also access our online file view system to find out where their case is up to at their own convenience.
If you would like legal advice after being injured in a forklift truck accident then call our friendly legal team on 0800 298 9690 or alternatively fill in the Claim Now Form to the right of this screen and we will call you back.