With Christmas right around the corner, fork lift safety is of utmost importance this festive season. Around 8,000 forklift accidents are reported to HSE every year and in many cases, drivers and bystanders have been seriously injured. Forklift trucks should be regularly inspected and well maintained, to make sure they are safe to use, and workplaces should also be safety checked.
In many cases where accidents have occurred, proper forklift safety could have prevented the accidents from happening, such as maintenance of the forklift and an emphasis on safety in the work environment. Christmas is the busiest time of year for many businesses, with most delivery depots and manufacturers under pressure to ship orders quickly. In busy situations such as these, safety is often not made a priority, but if forklift drivers and employers spent time to ensure that machinery and the working environment was safe, many accidents could be avoided.
If you have been injured in a forklift accident at work, contacting a personal injury lawyer will allow you to find out whether you are eligible to claim compensation for your injuries.
Claiming for workplace accident compensation
Employers have a duty to keep their employees safe at work. Whilst we all take some responsibility for our own safety, your employer should provide you with:
- A safe working environment
- The training needed to carry out your duties efficiently and safely
- Safety equipment including personal protective equipment, if needed
- Machinery and equipment which has been regularly checked and well-maintained
If your employer fails to meet these responsibilities and you are injured as a result, you may be able to claim compensation for your workplace accident. Forklift trucks can cause serious injuries including broken bones, cuts and bruises and crush injuries, not just to those driving them, but to bystanders too, and they should never be operated without the correct licence and appropriate training.
Claim with Accident Advice Helpline
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have helped hundreds of people just like you claim the compensation they deserve for forklift accidents at work. No matter how you have been injured, we can help and because we are recommended by our patron, UK consumer champion, Esther Rantzen, you know you’ll receive nothing but the very highest standards of customer service from us. Call our freephone helpline today to see how we can help you make a claim.
Date Published: November 11, 2014
Author: David Brown