According to statistics from the Health and Safety Executive, more than 5,000 people are injured as a result of accidents at work, which involve moving vehicles, every year in the UK. Figures from 2004/2005 show that forklift truck injuries accounted for 31 per cent of all fatal workplace transport injuries.
What kinds of injuries can occur while operating a forklift truck?
Operating a forklift truck can be dangerous and there is a high risk of work injuries; the five most common types of injury, which occur when operating this type of machinery include:
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Cuts and bruising
- Head injuries
- Spinal injuries
Injuries may occur when driving or as a result of being hit or crushed by a vehicle, which is under the control of another person. The most common types of accident include collisions with other vehicles, obstructions or pedestrians, toppling over, crushing and injuries caused by careless driving.
Health and safety considerations when operating a forklift
All employers should ensure that the relevant health and safety measures are in place to reduce the risk of work accidents and work-related illnesses. If you regularly work with potentially dangerous vehicles or equipment, it is important that you are provided with the relevant safety equipment and training to ensure that you are able to work safely. All vehicles should be checked regularly in order to ensure that they meet safety standards and drivers should take care to pay attention to safe driving guidelines.
Making a claim for an accident at work
If you’ve been injured in a forklift truck accident or you’ve been injured at work and it wasn’t your fault, you have the right to claim compensation. At the time of the incident, it’s important to report the accident to a senior member of staff and seek medical assistance. Record all the details of the accident, such as the exact time and location, who was there and what happened and ask colleagues or eye witnesses to provide their contact details so that they can give a statement.
If you wish to claim work accident compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to discuss the details of your work injury claim with a personal injury lawyer who has expertise in dealing with claims for accidents at work. Accident Advice Helpline was established in 2000 and it offers clients a reliable, transparent and completely hassle-free claims process.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice