Statistics from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work suggest that one in three fatal accidents at work involves a vehicle of some kind. Operating vehicles and driving carry a high risk of injury, especially in industries such as manufacturing, construction and agriculture. If you’ve sustained work-related injuries and you were not to blame, you may wish to consider seeking expert advice from Accident Advice Helpline to see if you could claim work injury compensation.
Five potentially hazardous work-related vehicles
If you drive a vehicle as part of your day-to-day job, it’s important that you understand the potential risks, you have the relevant training and supervision and you are provided with suitable protective equipment. Here are some examples of hazardous work-related vehicles:
- Forklift truck: used to transport materials and clear spaces on construction sites
- Bulldozer: used to flatten sites and roads, usually before laying new tarmac or building new foundations
- Combine harvester: used in agriculture
- Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs): used to transport goods
- Tractor: used in agriculture to plough fields
The most common types of work-related vehicle accidents include:
- Vehicles striking people
- People being struck by objects falling from vehicles
- Vehicle collisions
- Falling from a moving vehicle
Staying safe when working with hazardous work-related vehicles
Working with vehicles can be dangerous. All employers must enforce measures to reduce the risk of injuries at work and work accidents; examples may include:
- ensuring all workers have the relevant training
- providing protective equipment
- carrying out regular risk assessment
- recording details of all accidents
- ensuring all vehicles are well maintained and up to date with safety checks
- ensuring all vehicle drivers are aware of recommended routes and tracks
Can I claim for an injury at work?
If you’ve been injured at work in the last 3 years and you believe you have a case for work accident compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline to discuss the details of your work injury claim with one of your friendly advisors. Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
We also have a very simple 30-second eligibility test on our website homepage, which tells you whether or not you may have a claim and how much you could claim.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown