Although employers have a legal responsibility to ensure that all employees are able to work in a safe environment, accidents at work still occur. Whether because of insufficient training, a flaw in workplace operations or simply human error, work-based injuries are at times unavoidable. Industrial accidents can cause severe injuries to members of the workforce due to the nature and size of the equipment which is often in use.
Just how common are forklift accidents?
The Health and Safety Executive report that forklift accidents at work are rife, with 24% of all workplace transport accidents involving this type of machinery. In addition to this, industrial injuries caused by forklifts are particularly substantial, with findings of 94 fatal and 5,758 major cases reported, in addition to a further 15,338 which resulted in people being off work for three days or more.
What types of accidents do forklifts cause?
Although workplace accidents can occur due to the overloading of forklifts, such as items falling off the machinery or the forklift itself becoming unsteady and turning over, collisions are the most common of forklift accidents. Whether with a wall, other equipment or indeed a person, forklift collisions are the cause of many industrial workplace accidents.
How can forklift collisions be avoided?
There is guidance available from the HSE specifically regarding the safe use of forklift trucks, including information on how to prevent accidents. As a responsible employer, it is imperative that employees are provided with sufficient training to prevent any avoidable accidents. This should include a medical test, where forklift users have to demonstrate that they are fully flexible to check their surroundings and operate the machinery effectively.
Other steps to take to avoid forklift collisions include the distinct marking of areas and paths used, to ensure that team members and visitors to the workplace are aware of where the machinery operates.
How to process a claim
If you have suffered a work-related injury and want to check your eligibility to claim compensation, take a look online at Accident Advice Helpline’s website. You will find a quick and easy 30-second compensation calculator, as well as details of how to contact us 24/7.
As a law firm, Accident Advice Helpline work with an extensive legal team on a no win no fee* basis to ensure that you receive the most suitable legal support in line with your claim. Call us today on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, for more information.
Date Published: November 25, 2013
Author: David Brown