Forklift truck accidents at work
Anyone expected to operate a forklift truck should be provided with specialist training and appropriate protective equipment. Fork lift trucks must be inspected regularly to ensure they are properly maintained. Pedestrian and vehicular routes should be separated by protective barriers if appropriate. Factory accident injuries caused by forklifts vary in severity and can include crush injuries, broken bones and fatalities.
According to HSE (Health & Safety Executive) statistics for the 2011/12 reporting period, fork lift trucks caused 19 per cent of major work transport injuries, accounting for 290 injuries. Forklift trucks were also responsible for 811 work injuries resulting in three days or more of recovery time. This figure represents 24 per cent of all three-day-plus work transport related injuries. In total, forklift truck accidents caused more than 20 per cent of all non-fatal transport related factory accident injuries.
Video claim potential for a factory accident
While many of the accidents shown in this video fortunately did not result in serious injuries, one or two of them doubtlessly injured the drivers of the respective trucks, as well as potentially injuring others.
Assessing fault – In the first incident likely to have caused an injury by a factory accident, the forklift tips off an unprotected edge at the side of the path it is driving along and flips over. Why the driver was so close to this edge is unclear, but if the accident occurred because he was not trained properly or because the truck did not respond to attempts to stay clear of the edge, the fault may well lie with the employer. The question whether the edge should have been protected by a barrier may also arise in determining fault.Open Claim Calculator
In the last scene, a forklift is driven into some shelves causing these and the shelves on the other side of the room to collapse on top of the truck and potentially a second truck or perhaps other workers. Again, inadequate training, explanation of safety procedures or a defective truck would make the employer responsible for the work accident.
Potential claims – In both cases, if the employer is proven to be responsible for the injuries by forklift accident, both drivers and other personnel injured in these accidents could claim for work injury compensation.
Claiming for workplace injury
Workers injured at work can assess the likelihood of making a successful claim by calling Accident Advice Helpline or using the compensation calculator on our website. Calls to Accident Advice Helpline are free, can be made any time of day or night and will be treated with complete confidentiality. Call free from a land line on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Source: Health and Safety Executive