The industrial workplace is brimming with heavy goods and machinery, such as forklifts, that can lead to accidents at work. While it is the employers’ legal duty to put safety measures in place to ensure that work-related injuries are kept to the lowest possible minimum, some level of responsibility lies with the employees who operate the forklift trucks.
Preventing forklift accidents by setting a speed limit
As it is across our roads and motorways, it is essential for employers to regulate the speed at which a forklift can travel throughout your place of work.
Much like our roads, it is unwise to set a standard speed limit throughout the entirety of your building, as a universal limit will not be sufficient for every area where a forklift is likely to operate.
G. E. Lovested recommends, in the Top Ten Forklift Accidents, that an ‘industrial truck speed limit should not exceed eight miles per hour (mph)’. This recommendation is reduced to just two mph in areas where there is a high number of pedestrians, to decrease the chance of collisions and other industrial accidents.
How can an employer implement such speed limits?
Once the decision surrounding a suitable speed limit for your factory has been made, it is essential that all regulations are clearly signed, and markings are visible for users of the machinery and pedestrians.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that of the 94 fatal and 5758 major reported forklift injuries from 2001 – 2006, in addition to the 15,338 that resulted in people being off work for three days plus, a high proportion ‘are often due to poor supervision and a lack of training’.
In this case, providing your workforce with adequate up-to-date training, monitoring performance, and adherence to policies and carrying out on-the-spot checks will all help to reduce accidents in work.
How to claim following forklift accidents at work
If you have been injured at work due to forklift accidents, it is worth having a look online at a compensation calculator that will determine whether you are eligible to make a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline offers a 30-second test tool via their website, which provides an instantaneous indication of whether or not your claim will be worth pursuing.
Working on a ‘no win, no fee’* basis, Accident Advice helpline provides a 24/7 service for anyone seeking help surrounding their work-based injury. With an extensive legal team, Accident Advice Helpline guarantees that your forklift accident claim will be in the most reliable and suitably experienced of hands.
Date Published: November 25, 2013
Author: David Brown