The UK Health and Safety Executive estimates that as much as around one third of all accidents in the workplace involve fork lifts. These accidents range from the fork lifts themselves tipping over due to an excessive load to the accidental release of loads to fork lifts crashing into walls, stacked items, or other vehicles.
How to avoid fork lift truck accidents in the workplace
Although the number of fork lift truck accidents in the UK would suggest that they are relatively unsafe, their use is unavoidable in many situations. But as long as they are operated correctly, fork lift trucks can be perfectly safe. Each fork lift will have a maximum load which must always be abided by to avoid the dropping of loads and the tipping over of the cab itself. They should only be operated in areas where there is enough room for manoeuvring and braking when necessary.
Most importantly, anyone operating a fork lift truck must be adequately trained beforehand. The HSE requires a certain amount of training by law. Once properly trained, operators should know exactly what they can and cannot do with a fork lift, how to brake quickly if necessary, the maximum speed that should be adhered to and how to manoeuvre with large loads.
What to do if you have been injured in a fork lift truck accident
No matter whether you were operating a fork lift yourself or were simply caught up in an accident caused by someone else, if you have been injured at work you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. Your employer has a legal responsibility to keep you safe at work, and that includes the provision of adequate training and supervision for you and your colleagues. If an accident has been allowed to happen, there’s a good chance that inadequate training or supervision was a factor.
To find out more about this legal provision and discuss your personal situation in detail, call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. We are a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation, who have been helping others like you receive the compensation they are entitled to. We are proud to have the endorsement of television personality and consumer champion Esther Rantzen and to work primarily on a no win, no fee* basis. For a very quick guide to your possible eligibility, consult our 30-second test online.
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Author: David Brown