According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) forklift trucks have been noted as a particular risk within the workplace and a cause of many accidents at work. With a notably high number of forklift accidents reported to the HSE, it is essential that employers recognise the dangers they pose and implement effective training throughout the workforce to reduce this risk.
Exactly how many forklift accidents are reported to the HSE?
From 2001/2 – 2005/6 a total of 21,190 injuries were reported, with the HSE confirming that many were a result of inadequate supervision or training throughout the workforce.
Out of the 21,190 injuries reported, ‘94 were fatal, 5,758 were major and 15,338 resulted in people being off work for 3 or more days’ – combined, these equate to a total of 24 per cent of transport-related accidents in the workplace.
How can an employer help to reduce this number?
The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) have devised an official ‘Approved Code of Practice’ specific to training relating to forklift trucks. This publication outlines the satisfactory level of basic training needed by those who operate and work with forklift vehicles.
It is the belief of both the HSE and the HSC that if adequate training is provided, standards and systems instigated and, following this, monitored efficiently, the number of accidents at work will reduce significantly.
As well as training, what other safety measures can be implemented?
Employers can carry out a number of other measures to ensure the health and safety of its employees. Clearly marking the paths of forklifts and clearly marking speed limits across the workplace are two effective safety strategies. Evaluate your workspace and select suitable speed limits for each section dependent on issues such as pedestrians and lifts.
Have you been a victim of a forklift accident?
If you have already suffered from a work-related injury caused by an industrial forklift, you needn’t suffer in silence. As a law firm, Accident Advice Helpline provides help to victims of accidents at work on a no win no fee* basis.
With an extensive legal team, Accident Advice Helpline guarantees that there is a solicitor on hand who specialises in the specific nature of your claim.
Most claimants find Accident Advice Helpline’s process streamlined – once you have provided the firm with your case details you may need to attend a medical but it is highly unlikely you will need to attend court or become any further involved with the claim.
Date Published: November 25, 2013
Author: David Brown