If you work on a building site, a farm or a warehouse, you may be required to operate moving vehicles, for example you may be required to drive a forklift. Although there is always a risk of accidents at work, operating machinery and vehicles can be particularly dangerous.
If you’ve been involved in a work accident and you weren’t to blame, you may wish to give Accident Advice Helpline a call.
Do you need to be trained to drive a forklift?
If you’ve been asked to drive a forklift, its essential that you have the right skills to operate it safely. There are specific licences for such vehicles, and it is important that workers have the relevant training.
Driving a forklift is not the same as driving a car and just because you have a driving licence doesn’t mean that you are qualified to drive a forklift.
If operating a forklift is part of your job description, your employer should ensure that you complete the relevant training first. There are various training schemes available; if you move from one job to another, your employer may insist that you retrain if you have completed a different training program in the past.
Safety at work
All UK employers have a duty to protect workers from work-related injuries and illnesses. To do this, they must comply with health and safety legislation.
If you’ve been injured at work as a result of lack of due care and attention when it comes to health and safety measures, you have the right to claim work accident compensation. If you’ve been asked to drive a forklift without any training, for example, your employer would be liable if you sustained work injuries.
In order to reduce the risk of getting injured at work, it is also important for employees to take health and safety considerations into mind. Work in line with company policies and use the correct techniques and tools when working on a building site. Always ensure you have suitable protective clothing and equipment before you attempt hazardous tasks.
Claiming compensation for accidents at work
If you’ve been injured at work and your employer was to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about making a no-win, no-fee* claim for work injury compensation. Our lines are open 24 hours a day on 0800 689 0500 from a UK landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice