Working as a forklift driver can be a dangerous job if you are not careful. Did you know that one worker in the UK is killed every six weeks due to forklift truck accidents? Many more are left seriously injured, and if you are one of them, or if you have lost a loved one in a forklift accident, claiming forklift driver injury compensation could be on the cards. When you make a claim with Accident Advice Helpline, you’re guaranteed a 100% no win, no fee* service from our personal injury lawyers, giving you one less thing to worry about.
Dangerous but useful
Forklifts are used in a variety of workplaces but particularly common in warehouses where they are used to lift heavy loads. These dangerous but useful vehicles could lead to accidents where it’s not only the driver who is injured – anybody in the vicinity of the forklift could also be hurt. But what sort of forklift accidents could happen?
- The forklift could topple over if it is used on an unsuitable surface such as a steep slope, causing crush injuries or even leading to amputations
- The driver could step off the truck and into a pothole
- Two forklifts could collide if driven dangerously
- Collisions at speed could cause crush injuries if pallets or other heavy items fall onto the cab
- Objects falling from height off a forklift could land on the driver
It is illegal for anyone to operate a forklift in the UK without the proper training – but sadly this does still happen. Your employer should ensure you’re trained to operate a forklift and also provide you with personal protective equipment (PPE) such as a hard hat, safety boots and fluorescent jacket. If they fail to do these things, you could hold them liable if you are injured.
Negligent employers shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it if they are liable for your accident at work. Accident Advice Helpline has been helping workers claim forklift driver injury compensation since 2000, and we could help you too, whether your employer has failed to provide you with training or forklifts at your workplace have not been maintained to a safe standard. Just pick up the phone and call our freephone advice line on 0800 689 0500 to see if you have a viable claim – it’s best to do so as soon as possible, but at any rate within three years of your accident.
Date Published: October 28, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton