You might not think that working as a delivery driver is a dangerous job. However, you could be lifting heavy or bulky goods on a daily basis, or moving parcels which have been packaged in a way that makes them dangerous (for example broken or sharp objects). Delivery driver injuries are not uncommon, and one of the most common injuries to be sustained is a back, shoulder or neck injury due to heavy lifting.
You could even be injured when arriving at the premises you’re delivering to. In the past, delivery driver injuries have occurred at farms when trucks have hit overhead power lines, causing electrocution, and submerged bollards have been released from the road, lifting trucks in the air and causing injury to occupants. As you can see, it can be a risky job, but your employer and the companies you deliver to have a duty to keep you safe whilst carrying out your duties.
If you feel that your employer or another company has been negligent and this has led to your accident and injuries, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Your employer’s responsibilities
All employers have a responsibility to keep their staff safe at work, and with that in mind, delivery companies should ensure the following:
- That all staff receive training in how to carry out their job, including manual handling training (how to pick up heavy objects correctly)
- Staff are provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) where necessary
Staff have the equipment needed to do their job, such as a trolley/lift for heavy goods
- Equipment provided is regularly checked and well-maintained in a good condition suitable for use
- That action is taken against unscrupulous companies who put employees at risk (for example, delivering to a dangerous premises)
If you have been injured and believe that your employer is to blame, you may be able to claim compensation.
Let us help you
We’re here to help you claim the compensation you deserve, and because Accident Advice Helpline has over 14 years’ experience in the personal injury industry, you know you’ll receive the very best service from us. As personal injury lawyers, we work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, which means no upfront legal fees to worry about, so however you have been injured whilst making a delivery, we’re here to help. It’s easy to find out how much you could claim – just take the 30-second test on our website, or call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500; we’re open 24/7.
Date Published: January 22, 2015
Author: David Brown