Using a cherry picker can be dangerous as even though they move fairly slowly, you’ll be working at height. If the cherry picker crashes or the platform is clipped, you could fall or be injured. There are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself when using a cherry picker – and your employer has a number of responsibilities too, which should help to avoid accidents:
- Staff using a cherry picker should be properly trained in safe usage and aware of the hazards.
- PPE should be provided – for example, a helmet, which will protect your head should you fall, but also equipment such as a harness or other safety equipment.
- Equipment should be well-maintained. Your employer has a duty under The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 to ensure that equipment is maintained and in good repair.
- There are also regulations relating to working at height and you should never be working alone – there should be someone working with you in a supervisory capacity and safety equipment should be provided.
Claiming for compensation
If you’re injured in a cherry picker accident, you may be able to claim for compensation – it depends who was responsible for your accident. If the cherry picker was being operated by your colleague, it could be their negligence or lack of training that led to a crash or other accident. Even if you are operating the cherry picker yourself, you could still claim for compensation. For example, if your employer failed to provide you with proper training on using the equipment, or did not provide you with PPE, you could claim for employer negligence. If machinery is faulty and has not been regularly checked or well maintained, leading to an accident in which you are injured, you could be eligible to make a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline
In our 13 years’ working in the personal injury compensation industry, we’ve dealt with hundreds of claims relating to cherry picker accidents, so you know we’re able to help. Just call us on our freephone number on 0800 689 0500 and we can offer you confidential advice, with no obligation to proceed. Our patron is Esther Rantzen, UK consumer champion and well-known TV personality, and our service comes recommended by her, so you know you’re dealing with a reputable firm. We can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether your claim is viable, and if you do decide to proceed, our 100% no win, no fee* service ensures you won’t need to pay a penny upfront.