If you have been injured in an accident involving a forklift at work, or if you are an employer wanting to find out just how dangerous forklifts really are, hunting online for forklift accident statistics is always a good idea. The best place to find reliable and up-to-date statistics is on the Health and Safety Executive website, although Accident Advice Helpline can also provide you with some statistics relating to these types of accidents. According to the HSE, 24% of all workplace accidents are caused by forklift trucks – that’s a significant percentage of accidents.
So if you work in a warehouse or other environment where you are coming into contact with or operating forklifts, you need to be aware of the safety risks. If your employer has failed to keep you safe at work and you have been injured by a forklift, we can help you to claim personal injury compensation within three years of your accident.
How serious are forklift injuries?
Whilst it’s possible to suffer minor injuries, the weight of a forklift means that you are more likely to suffer more serious injuries. Forklift accident statistics suggest that a high percentage of these types of accidents result in fatalities. You could suffer a serious head injury, crush injuries, broken bones or even the loss of a limb in a forklift accident at work – the average forklift weighs around 9,000 pounds, so it’s easy to see how one overturning onto you could cause a serious injury.
Perhaps a forklift has hit racking in the warehouse and stock or shelving has fallen onto you, causing a head or back injury. Or maybe a forklift has run over your foot, causing crush injuries and broken bones that have left you unable to walk. These types of injuries will take time to heal, which means you probably won’t be able to work. But we can help you to claim compensation for loss of earnings if you need to take time off for medical treatment and recovery from your injuries.
Are forklift accident statistics accurate?
The HSE statistics are accurate as HSE are responsible for health and safety in the workplace. If you’re concerned about safety at your workplace after your accident, you can report it to HSE who may carry out their own investigations. Then give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more about making a claim for compensation. Our advisors are on hand to talk you through the claims process and offer confidential advice, and we’ll never push you into making a claim – all advice is offered on a no-obligation basis.