Most people recognise that forklift trucks can be potentially dangerous, which is why they only ever operate in areas that are out-of-bounds to the general public. Furthermore, there are strict rules on how other workers may interact with them in areas where forklifts are used. Risk assessments can help to reduce potential risks that may arise in such situations.
Unfortunately, there are situations in which people might end up being injured by objects falling from forklifts if those objects are not secured properly. There may be situations in which such objects are not picked up properly in the first place. However, Accident Advice Helpline have heard of cases where people have been injured because objects of an odd shape have been lifted without additional measures in place to make this safe to do.
What are the potential consequences?
Something lifted by a forklift truck is likely to be quite heavy, so there is the potential for someone to be hit on the head or any other part of their body by something that cannot be lifted by hand, even by several people.
Professional injury compensation lawyers have fought cases on behalf of people who have received nasty injuries as a result of similar accidents. Some may be unable to continue working in that role, while others have to adjust their lives to accommodate the injuries they are left with. In either case the outcome can be difficult, and even if the injuries heal the entire experience can be devastating and hard to cope with.
In this type of accident, the most common injuries people may suffer from are crush injuries. Indeed, a case that went to court recently involved a man who received serious injuries to his leg as a result of something falling off a forklift truck onto him.
As you can see, there are situations in which you may well have a good case to make for compensation. Being injured in such a way means that you should indeed get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. With three years’ from the date of your accident in which to do so, it makes sense to call us free on 0800 689 0500 as soon as you can. Don’t be left wondering when a quick call can determine whether a no win no fee claim could be warranted in your situation at work.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown