Forklift trucks play an important role in many workplaces. However, if not used with care and attention they can pose a danger to others, as well as the driver. If you have been injured by one of these trucks, it will be in your own interest to seek forklift injury advice.
There are many different reasons why someone may suffer injury because of a forklift. If it is driven over an uneven service, the vehicle may topple over. Loads can fall off the forklift, causing injury to people in the vicinity. Forklifts have been known to run over a bystander’s foot or crush them against a wall or pallets. These trucks have also collided, causing injury to one or both drivers.
Because forklifts are potentially dangerous, the people who operate them should be properly trained. The forklift should be properly maintained and any loads carried should be secured. If a forklift injury is caused for any of these reasons, the injured party should seek legal advice as they may be able to make an accident at work injury claim.
Employers have a duty of care towards the health and safety of their employees. This means that no-one should be allowed to drive the forklift without proper authorisation. Any loads carried should be on pallets which are in good order and adequately secured to prevent them tumbling.
If you are seeking forklift injury advice, our experienced work accident solicitors here at Accident Advice Helpline will be delighted to be of service. If you are considering making a claim for your injury, there is one very important proviso: you should not have been responsible for the accident. This means you should not have been driving or operating the truck unless properly trained and authorised to do so. You should also have not brought the accident on yourself, for instance by fooling around in the vicinity of the forklift.
By seeking our advice, we will be able to determine if you have grounds for an injury at work claim, particularly if your employer was negligent in terms of onsite health and safety.
There are several things you should do if you have suffered a forklift injury. Our advice is to see a doctor as quickly as possible, even if the injury appears only minor. You should also ensure that the accident is logged in your place of work’s accident book. In order to prove that you were not responsible for the forklift accident and injury, you will need witness statements from those who saw the accident. These statements can make all the difference between your claim being successful or failing.
We will not charge you for forklift injury advice. If we believe that you have a strong case for claiming workplace injury compensation, our representation is free as well. Accident Advice Helpline are able to provide free forklift injury advice and representation because we work on a no win no fee* basis. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to make your claim.
Date Published: October 8, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Machinery accident claims