A transport company is responsible for transporting items of various kinds from one location to another. This could mean transporting parcels en masse to be delivered by smaller vans at local hubs; it could mean transporting a huge lorry-load of fruit and vegetables or other goods to a supermarket; or it might even mean transporting smaller vehicles on special lorries so that they can reach their end destination.
Whatever the cargo might be, the importance of safety cannot be underestimated. Transport companies usually have a variety of vehicles, many of which may be heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) of some kind. Transport company accidents are uncommon, but as Accident Advice Helpline know only too well, that doesn’t mean they don’t happen at all.
What kinds of transport company accidents may occur?
There is the potential for a variety of accidents to occur in these workplaces, although they are no more likely to be the scene of an accident than any other workplace. It is possible for an accident to occur when vehicles are reversing, and if there are no specific areas marked out for pedestrians to use that will keep them safe from nearby lorries and HGVs.
While few incidents occur in workplaces such as these, there can sometimes be the potential for things to go wrong. For example, some people may find that they suffer relatively minor injuries through handling large loads they are not able to safely manage alone. Forklift trucks may be used in these circumstances, and these too should be kept away from pedestrians for safety reasons. Compensation has been paid in cases where someone has been injured through the negligence of the company for which they work.
Ensuring that the workplace is safe
Risk assessments and proper adherence to health and safety rules are key parts of making sure that everyone working in all manner of jobs is kept as safe as possible. The good news is that this is the case in the majority of workplaces. There are very few employers who do not take their responsibilities in these areas seriously enough. Regular health and safety inspections highlight potential problems so that they can be corrected, hopefully before any injuries or accidents take place.
If you can call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500, you will have a chance to get no-obligation advice to help you with your potential claim. Make that call now.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown