You might correctly guess there are a few forklift accidents per year, but could you guess the correct number? The number changes with each year, of course, and in general there are only a small number of fatalities each calendar year. However, it’s not just the person who loses their life who is affected. A child may be left without a parent, a much-loved family member could be lost, and friends could lose someone they have been close to for years.
Back in the Seventies, around 30 or so people lost their lives in accidents involving fork lift trucks every year. Today, the figure has been reduced to a small handful. In the year ending in April 2013, for example, six forklift truck accident fatalities were reported. Of course, there are others who survive but may have serious injuries because of their accident.
Can these forklift accidents per year be prevented?
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 has clearly helped reduce the numbers of deaths and serious injuries significantly. If these rules are followed and employers undertake the required risk assessments, there is a greater chance of avoiding most if not all accidents involving these trucks. Following these rules can easily save lives and prevent people from suffering serious injuries.
You may be reading this purely because you have first-hand experience of what it is like to be hurt in a forklift crash. Perhaps you were the driver and you were given a faulty forklift to use. You could have been a warehouse worker who was struck by a forklift and injured, which could potentially lead to some nasty injuries.
What should you do next?
As you are reading this, you may be recovering from injuries sustained in a similar accident. The physical and mental effects of an accident like this can take months, if not years, to recover from. Some never fully recover at all.
As you know, it doesn’t concern you how many forklift accidents per year happen. The only thing that matters is what happened to you. Be sure you know whether you can claim by calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. Mobile users can also find out more on 0333 500 0993. If negligence caused your accident, this could be the first step towards making a successful no-win, no-fee* claim for an appropriate amount of compensation.
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