As a factory or warehouse employee, it is likely that you will be working in close proximity to heavy machinery such as forklift trucks. Due to the size and nature of these vehicles, accidents at work can lead to serious and sometimes fatal injuries.
Forklift work accidents: Facts and figures
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that forklift trucks have been noted to be ‘particularly dangerous in the workplace’. In the period of 2001/2 – 2005/6: ‘21,190 injuries involving forklift trucks were reported. Of these 94 were fatal, 5758 were major and 15,338 resulted in people being off work for three or more days.’
These figures were only strengthened by the finding that, ‘on average forklift trucks are involved in 24 per cent of all workplace transport accidents’.
What causes forklift accidents?
If you have been involved in a workplace accident, which has left you harmed, you may well want to know what has caused your injury.
The HSE have found that ‘accidents involving lift trucks are often due to poor supervision and a lack of training’, meaning that with the right policies in place, strong support from employers, and adherence to these systems by employers, forklift accidents in the workplace can be significantly reduced and perhaps eliminated.
In the case of falling objects from forklift trucks, for example, vehicle-specific guidelines should be made clear regarding the items and weight a forklift can safely manage.
Processing a claim for a forklift accident involving falling objects
Should you have been left injured as a result of falling objects from a forklift, you can check online to see if your case is eligible for compensation. Use the compensation calculator tool on Accident Advice Helpline’s website for a 30-second test to determine if your claim is likely to be successful.
Accident Advice Helpline has over 13 years experience as a law firm, working on a no win no fee basis for personal-injury claimants. With an extensive legal team, Accident Advice Helpline works around the clock, 24/7, to ensure that your claim is dealt with in the most appropriate manner by the most fitting solicitors.
With their no win no fee policy, Accident Advice Helpline provides a reliable service without the worry of immediately paying out huge sums in legal fees. Simply provide the details of your claim and wait to hear the outcome.