According to the Department of Transport, over 25% of traffic collisions are likely to involve someone driving a works vehicle. That does seem a sizeable statistic, especially when considering the steps that should have been taken to pre-empt such accidents.
Health and safety regulations govern every aspect of work, and are applicable to situations that could give rise to a driving accident at work. Employers should actively be involved in risk assessment studies, in order to be fully aware of any situation where an employee’s safety could be compromised.
As well incidents occurring on the roads, there is also the potential for collisions to happen within working environments. There are a host of these scenarios, such as lorries operating within cramped conditions in loading bays, or forklifts zipping around warehouses.
In any case where a vehicle is in danger of coming into contact with other vehicles, machinery, parts of a building, and especially colleagues, then there have to be clear demarcation zones to establish where it is unsafe to be operating. Anyone who is responsible for driving as part of their job must be properly trained.
When does compensation become an issue?
There is one key issue that will decide whether claims might be applicable following a driving accident at work: negligence. Employers are duty-bound to ensure staff are trained to operate any vehicles, from company cars to lorries to forklift trucks. A surprising number of employees give lack of formal tuition as a contributory factor to accidents.
As well as understanding all the necessary operating details, employees should also be in receipt of risk assessment data regarding the machines they will be in charge of, and environment where they will be expected to drive them.
Could Accident Advice Helpline support my no win, no fee compensation claim?
With 14 years’ experience for you to benefit from, not to mention Esther Rantzen as company patron, it makes perfect sense to consult Accident Advice Helpline if you believe you may have been a victim of a situation like this.
Make sure you get in touch with us today if the incident happened within the last three years. We can consider the facts and we may be able to provide the support and expertise you need to bring a no win, no fee claim for compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: March 24, 2015
Author: David Brown