Forklift trucks are indispensable in many factories and warehouses up and down the country. In some cases, people rely on them to move stock and other heavy items around so that they can be properly situated in the right place. Forklifts, however, can be potentially hazardous if they are not properly used. Indeed, anywhere a forklift truck is used there should be a risk assessment to ensure that they pose no danger to anyone.
One potential hazard that may crop up is the chance that someone might be injured by a reversing forklift. This can result in nasty or even fatal injuries, depending on the circumstances. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have spoken with many people who have first-hand experience of this kind of accident.
How does a risk assessment help?
An assessment of this type will ensure that potential hazards are identified so that they can be properly dealt with before an accident has the chance to happen. For example, there should be areas that are properly marked as being safe for pedestrians to use and areas that are for forklifts to use. This should mean that they do not come into contact.
When someone is injured by a reversing forklift, there is a chance that they may not initially be seen by the driver. This means that their injuries might be severe, with crush injuries, broken and fractured bones potentially quite common. We have had cases where people have received severe leg injuries from which they have never fully recovered, and they have won compensation payouts as a result.
Reducing the risks
Clearly, no one wants to suffer from an accident of this type. By identifying the risks and dealing with them in advance, ensuring measures are put in place and adhered to, there is a chance that everyone can stay safer when working around forklift trucks.
An injury of this nature can certainly be life-changing. If you know what this feels like and you have sustained an injury of this type within the last three years, talk to someone at Accident Advice Helpline today. We can provide no-obligation advice that could make a big difference to you. Call our free 24/7 enquiry line on 0800 689 0500 – there is always someone here, so call now and learn more about your situation. If you have a strong case to make, a professional injury compensation lawyer can take it on for you now.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown