Every morning, millions of us set out on our way to work, never expecting to return home with an injury which may turn our lives upside down. Nobody wants to think about being injured at work, but the reality is that workplace accidents are fairly common. Although most cause minor injuries, there is a risk of more severe, long-lasting damage. Falls from height and accidents involving forklifts, for example, can be incredibly serious and even life-changing. If you’ve been injured at work as a result of common accidents involving forklifts, why not give Accident Advice Helpline a call?
The most common accidents involving forklifts
Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in which to work. If you operate heavy machinery like forklift trucks, diggers or cranes, you may be at risk of workplace accidents. The most common accidents involving forklifts include:
- The truck falling over: If the ground is uneven or the truck is overloaded, there is a risk of it toppling over. This could result in crushing injuries or injuries caused by the driver being thrown out of the cab.
- Loose load injuries: If the load is loose, there is a risk of something falling from the truck onto a worker or passer-by in the immediate vicinity
- Collisions: It is possible for forklift drivers to collide with other vehicles, pedestrians or fellow workers or objects like fences or gates
- Falling off the truck: Even getting off a truck can be dangerous, so take care to look where you’re going, and wear footwear that gives you grip.
Forklift accidents can cause a range of injuries, from minor cuts and bruising to life-threatening internal, head or spinal injuries.
Preventing work accidents
If you work on a construction site, it’s important to bear health and safety guidelines in mind. Your employer should provide you with the relevant training and safety equipment in order to allow you to carry out your job safely.
If you’ve been injured at work and the accident resulted from negligence on the part of your employer, you have a right to claim compensation for a work accident. If the incident happened in the last 3 years, and you can prove that you weren’t at fault, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. We have more than 15 years of experience in handling work injury claims, and we operate a no-win, no-fee policy.
Date Published: March 8, 2017
Author: Accident Advice