Did you know that on average somebody is killed every 6 weeks in the UK by a forklift truck? UK forklift accidents often result in serious, life-changing injuries, due to the sheer weight of the average forklift, which can be in excess of 9,000 pounds. According to figures released by the Fork Lift Truck Association, 43 people are badly injured by forklifts in the average week. This includes 11 serious injuries such as amputations and 20 injuries caused by a moving forklift truck.
How can UK forklift accidents be avoided?
The number one thing that employers need to do in order to prevent UK forklift accidents is to ensure that they and their staff have the knowledge required to reduce the risk of accidents. All too often managers and supervisors in warehouses and other industrial environments simply don’t have formal forklift truck safety training. This makes it harder for them to spot risks and take steps to keep staff safe. It’s also important that anybody operating a forklift has the necessary training and qualifications.
Operating a forklift truck is not as easy as it looks and running over somebody’s foot or crashing into something could cause the truck to overturn, causing life-changing injuries to the driver or other members of staff in the vicinity. If you have been injured in a forklift accident at work in the UK, ask yourself if more could have been done by your employer to prevent your accident from happening. If the answer to this question is yes then you could have a viable claim for personal injury compensation.
What should I do after my accident?
Once you have received the treatment you need for your injuries and are on the road to recovery, it’s a good time to think about whether you would like to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Even if you’re not sure, you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to get advice from our team of experts. Since 2000 we have been offering confidential advice to anybody who needs it, and there is no obligation to proceed with a claim when you call us.
You can even call us if a member of your family has suffered serious, life-changing injuries after a forklift accident at work, to enquire about making a claim on their behalf, provided it has been three years or less since their accident.