Despite the existence of health and safety regulations accidents at work still occur. Quite often, the machinery in the workplace is potentially hazardous; for example, forklift trucks. If you suffer an injury that is caused by one of these machines you may be entitled to make a claim for work forklift injuries.
There are various reasons why accidents can be caused by forklift trucks. A common reason is that they are being driven or operated by employees who have not received the proper training. In addition, these machines have to carry large loads, so should be kept well maintained.
Other factors that can lead to forklift truck accident and injuries include the layout of the workplace. Aisles should be wide enough for the vehicles to negotiate safely and should be left free of clutter. It can also be dangerous for anyone walking or working in close proximity to the machines. Poorly stacked loads, damaged pallets and loads blocking the forklift driver’s vision can lead to accidents and injury.
The onus for ensuring that the forklift operates safely is on the employer. It is their responsibility to ensure that anyone permitted to drive the vehicle is properly trained and that the environment is safe for it to be driven and loaded in. If you or anyone else on the shop floor or yard suffers work forklift injuries it could be that your employer has failed to take adequate safety measures.
In order to be able to claim for these types of injuries in the workplace you must be able to prove that you were not responsible for causing the accident. This means you were not fooling around on or near the machine or driving it when not suitably trained.
If you were the innocent victim or if there is any doubt and you believe you were not responsible for the accident that led to your injury you should seek expert advice and assistance. Here at Accident Advice Helpline we are experienced in dealing with these cases.
As soon as possible after the accident you should see a doctor, even if you feel the injury is only minor. This is because symptoms can worsen over an extended period of time. You should also ensure details of the incident are logged in the workplace accident book.
The names and contact details of anyone who witnessed the accident are important if we are to help you build a case for compensation. That and medical reports from your doctor will help us prove that you were not responsible for the accident, while the doctor’s notes will demonstrate the severity of your injuries.
In a best case scenario your employer will admit liability and make an offer of compensation. If this happens we will contact you to ascertain if you are happy with the offer. If you are not and the offer is not increased the claim may well have to go to court. If your employer denies liability the case will also be taken to court.
We will represent you on a no win no fee basis, which means you need not worry about upfront fees and we won’t ask you for any money if your claim is unsuccessful.
Date Published: October 15, 2013
Author: David Brown