Whatever job you are in there are always potential accident at work hazards. However, when you are in a job which involves working with a lorry there are more potential work injuries that can occur.
What types of accidents at work happen when working with a lorry?
Unlike a car, a lorry takes a lot more skill and more training to learn how to drive. The reason for this is that you have to consider the weight of the load and the trailer as well as your standard driving skills.
In bad weather lorries can be more dangerous than cars as they have a long stopping distance, they can jack knife if you brake too heavily, along with many other work accidents. In high winds there is also a risk of sustaining a work injury if you turn too sharply, causing the lorry to swerve, skid or crash.
How to help prevent an accident at work injury in a lorry?
The main thing that you need to do in order to prevent a crash or an accident at work is ensure you have enough training and are confident driving a lorry. You need a lot more focus and concentration when working with a lorry so if you don’t feel confident whilst driving one ensure you get more training. It is better to get more training than end up having a nasty accident at work.
As well as this, make sure that you are extra cautious in sub-zero temperatures as these are some of the most dangerous times to be working with a lorry. Make sure you take regular breaks so you don’t start suffering from driver fatigue and keep hydrated. If you dehydrate you may find that it is harder to focus and this is the time when more work accidents occur.
You must never operate a lorry if you believe that you haven’t been adequately trained to operate one or are physically lacking the skills to drive one.
If you have been involved in an accident with a lorry and you believe you’re not to blame, give us a call here at Accident Advice Helpline. With over 10 years’ experience in handling personal injury claims for compensation, we can make sure you’re case is given the time it deserves and furthermore, assists you in retrieving any compensation if applicable.
Give us a call on our 24-hour freephone helpline 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile to speak to one of our professionally trained advisors and see whether you have a legitimate claim for compensation.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown