It is fair to assume that the most hazardous part of any journey for a lorry driver is when they are out on the open road. However, there is also a potential for accidents to occur in loading bay areas. Lorry tail lift injuries can happen all too easily.
Typical accidents can include items tumbling from the lift and landing on the driver or colleagues in the vicinity. This can happen when products have been incorrectly stacked on the lifting device, rendering them vulnerable to tipping over.
The tail lift can also be hazardous itself. Where the employee has not been properly trained in how to use this equipment, there is the possibility of crushing when it is not handled skilfully. Drivers who are involved in loading and unloading goods are often working to a strict timetable. If they are fatigued after a particularly long drive, then they are liable to make mistakes when they are operating the tail lifts. The bottom line is that any heavy lifting equipment has the potential to cause serious injury.
How to avoid lorry tail lift injuries
Any employer who is operating vans or lorries has a duty of care to their staff. There are strict health and safety laws that govern every aspect of equipment and transport, including regular maintenance checks, and risk assessments to identify potentially hazardous situations.
Lack of training is often cited as a reason for accidents happening, so it is up to management as well as co-workers to ensure that drivers are familiar with the operation of any tail lift apparatus.
Have you been involved in an incident with a tail lift?
Your immediate course of action should be to call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500.
We are an organisation that has been fighting for recompense for our clients for over 14 years. With Esther Rantzen as our patron we have developed a formidable reputation in this field.
If your tail lift injury occurred within the previous three years, and you suspect negligence on the part of someone else, you can start by taking the 30-second claims calculator on our website.
Thereafter, call that helpline number to that we can pass your details to our compensation claims experts who can advise whether you would qualify for a no win, no fee* claim.
Category: Road Traffic Accident Claims