A forklift truck is extremely heavy, quick in momentum and dense in its construction, it is usually also carrying some additional weight. To add to this it also poses visibility issues for the driver and is often in operation in busy, crowded areas. With this in mind it is no surprise that there are many accidents each year involving forklift trucks. According to studies in the UK one worker is killed every six weeks from an accident involving a forklift, and many others sustain serious injuries.
Typical accidents involving a forklift include:
- A worker becoming trapped between the forklift and another object, causing serious forklift crush injuries
- A heavy load falling onto the driver or another worker
- A collision between the forklift and another worker
- Forklift driving off the loading dock.
These accidents can result in a range of injuries, from minor bruises and cuts to more severe injuries such as spinal cord and internal injuries; long-lasting mobility issues and even death. At Accident Advice Helpline we have years of experience in the industry meaning we are highly skilled in helping our customers to get the compensation they deserve. To see how much you could be owed, log onto our website and check out our 30-second claim calculator.
Causes of serious forklift crush injuries
There are many causes of accidents that can result in serious forklift crush injuries, these include:
- Lack of training given to the worker operating the forklift
- Poor maintenance of forklift
- Forklifts being old and/or not working properly
- Travelling at high speed, or improper acceleration, braking and/or turning
- Driving with an elevated load
- Incorrect backing-up and/or parking techniques
- Giving rides on the forklift
- Poor communication to other workers and anyone else in the area about the forklift being in operation
- Narrow and/or crowded aisles
- Obstructions in doorways and intersections
- Too many people in the area where the forklift is being operated
- Poor lighting, too much noise, and too much dust that dim the senses of the driver
- Condition of ramps and loading docks
All of these accidents can easily be avoided. Whether or not you can claim compensation depends on who was at fault for the accident, if you were not to blame you could be eligible to claim compensation. Call our 24-hour free phone line now on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our specialists who will be able to advise you on the claim process.
Date Published: August 19, 2015
Author: Rob Steen