It is heartening to know that accidents involving forklifts have been reducing in number in the UK. This is due partly to the strict health and safety laws that provide guidance on how to ensure that any workplace using forklifts provides adequate safety measures to protect staff and visitors from coming into contact with them.
However, as here at Accident Advice Helpline we know only too well, accidents can and do still happen. While deaths and serious injuries have indeed reduced in numbers, accidents involving forklifts can still lead to a loss of life and grave injuries for those who survive. Crush injuries are not uncommon, and neither are broken bones.
Health and safety fines
In many cases, where a breach in health and safety rules is found to be the cause of an accident of this nature, the fines the business will incur are likely to be severe. The actual fine will depend on the circumstances and how serious the accident was, but a five-figure sum is not uncommon.
An accident of this nature can leave individuals with injuries they may have to live with for the rest of their lives. In some cases, loved ones lose someone due to an incident involving a forklift. It can be very dangerous when something goes wrong, which can sometimes lead to the death of a worker or other person nearby, as Accident Advice Helpline are aware.
As we can see, some of these accidents mean that people are left with serious injuries. In some cases they may never be able to work again, or they may have to deal with amputation or other serious life-changing injuries. In any case, there are also the mental after-effects that need to be dealt with if the person is to make a reasonable recovery.
Learning what to do in the event that an incident like this happens to you is imperative. You should call our free 24/7 enquiry line here at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to learn more. Our team of friendly advisors are used to dealing with all manner of cases, so let them help you. They might be able to put you in touch with an experienced compensation lawyer who can start a no win no fee claim on your behalf. If they can, then you may be in line for an eventual compensation payment.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown