The use of forklift trucks is widespread in the UK, particularly in the industrial, manufacturing and retail sectors. They are compact, and in the hands of an experienced driver relatively straightforward to operate. Without them, the task of stacking heavy items in warehouses, or removing pallets for loading onto lorries, would be considerably time-consuming. But anyone whose job puts them in the vicinity of this activity should be aware of the potential for a forklift crush injury.
One statistic to be reinforced is this: approximately one worker is killed by a forklift truck every six weeks, with many more receiving serious injuries. In fact, forklifts are to blame for more industrial accidents than the combined figures for cars and heavy goods vehicles. As well as the operative, anyone working alongside these machines, or any visitors to the premises where they are in use, faces the risk of being involved in a potentially lethal situation. In certain locations, such as garden centres or DIY stores, forklifts are regularly used in areas that are open to the public. Although there are strict regulations aimed at preventing injury, human error can occasionally lead to tragedy.
How regularly do accidents happen with forklifts?
Fortunately, the type of situation that would lead to a forklift operative, a colleague or a member of the public, receiving a forklift crush injury is rare. Factories, warehouses and distribution centres must all comply with a variety of health and safety regulations that are enforceable by law. Premises and machinery will also be regularly inspected, but there will always be firms who pay less stringent attention to the rules. Forklifts lift considerable weights, so spillages can occur, and when they do the consequences could be serious for anyone who happened to be nearby.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline if you have suffered injuries
If you have been involved any type of accident while working, through no fault of your own, and within the previous three years, we would recommend you to consider how Accident Advice Helpline could come to your assistance. We operate a 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 for people in your situation and by calling us we can ultimately put you in touch with a compensation lawyer who will examine your case and advise you accordingly. All our claims are assessed on a no win, no fee basis, so you have absolutely nothing to lose by getting in touch.
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown