Having a vehicle in the workplace can be a vital asset. Access to a vehicle to significantly reduce the amount the workload for any individual, and their use in the workplace is almost essential. Unfortunately, the use of a vehicle is a serious contributing factor in accidents at work. Here is Accident Advice Helpline’s guide to 5 potentially hazardous vehicles.
The epitome of every industry from construction to logistics, and from rock stars to florists, vans are a very common sight on Britain’s roads and the van has become synonymous with working British life. Unfortunately vans are frequently involved in road-traffic collisions. Always make sure your van is in proper condition and that all loads are secure.
The immensely bigger brother to the van, the lorry is a staple of any large industry, particularly the haulage industry. Lorries are large vehicles and an accident involving a lorry can be deadly. Lorries are often used to transport large quantities of goods across long distances, frequently international. When driving in another country, make sure you are familiar with all local traffic laws.
3. The company car
A luxury that everyone wants but not everyone can have. Some workers are presented with a company car when their work involves frequent travelling, particularly between business meetings or call-outs. Often company cars are insured under a specific policy for that company. Be sure to check out what exactly your insurance policy covers in the event of an accident.
A forklift is a token for the modern workplace. Warehouses stacked high with goods ready to be efficiently delivered, complete with a handy vehicle to make the task that little bit simpler. Unfortunately however, forklifts are also dangerous and should only be operated by qualified personnel. When operating a forklift it’s important to make sure that all loads are correctly stacked and that the vehicle in is proper, serviceable condition to avoid a work injury.
The emergency services provide a vital and essential role in society and the respect that is given to members of the emergency services when driving is evident. Unfortunately, as the name suggests, emergency services are required to attend a scene as quickly as possible and often drive at high-speeds. Although emergency services personnel are highly trained and diligent they are still at significant risk of a road-traffic collision.
Claiming after a vehicles accident
If you’ve been injured within the last 3 years as the result of an accident involving a workplace vehicle, and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to industrial injury compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today.
Date Published: December 30, 2013
Author: David Brown