Many employees in the building, factory, warehouse and construction industry rely on the use of forklift trucks to move stock and help with lifting. If you are unlucky enough to sustain an injury following an accident at work you may be wondering: “Who’s to blame for my forklift accident?” If you believe the accident wasn’t your fault, we would like to hear from you and help answer this question.
There are several different types of forklift:
- Counterbalance Forklift Trucks – the most commonly used forklift truck. Two protruding forks at the front allow for direct loading and lifting without leaving the vehicle, and the load is balanced from the weight in the back of the truck.
- Reach Trucks – commonly used in warehouses due to the height they are able to reach, approximately 10 meters. They are not ideal for outside use.
- Hand Pallet Trucks – these trucks are pumped manually with a handle to lift and move pallets without power.
- Three Wheel Counterbalance Trucks – similar to the standard counterbalance forklift truck but it has an extra wheel at the back of the truck to help with manoeuvrability and it can also be used inside and outside.
- There are many other types of truck including tele-trucks, side-loaders and powered pallet trucks and if you have been injured following any kind of forklift accident then we can help you establish who is to blame for your forklift accident.
How do forklift accidents happen?
Regardless of what type of forklift you work with, you should have received proper training before using the machinery, even if you are already experienced and familiar with them.
Forklifts should be properly maintained and checked before use to ensure employee safety. In no circumstance should an employee use a faulty or damaged forklift as it can lead to serious accidents.
Colleagues may have been using the machinery incorrectly, either by travelling too fast or not taking the proper care and attention while using the forklift. Managers may have overlooked certain behaviours and inadvertently allowed for reckless use of the forklifts which has led to your accident.
Call us today
Accident Advice Helpline are experienced in forklift accidents and we can find out who’s to blame for your forklift accident and see to it that the right action is taken. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to find out what you could be entitled to.
Category: Machinery accident claims