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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Workplace accident YouTube 6


    Accidents at work in factories

    It’s a fact of working life that factories remain dangerous places. Indeed, their inherent danger is the main reason why so much health and safety legislation exists – to try to make them as safe as possible for the workers.

    With complex machinery, tools, stacked items, electronic equipment and heavy vehicles all in the same environment, workplace accidents can happen easily and quickly and a work injury sustained as a result.

    Forklifts

    Forklift trucks are necessary vehicles in a factory, but are nonetheless potentially very dangerous.

    Whether it’s driving too fast and hitting a person or object, a worker falling out or the forklift attempting to lift items and instead ending up buried beneath fallen objects, the potential for forklift-related injuries is quite high and there have been industrial injury compensation claims as a result.

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    It’s little wonder, then, that specific licences are required for someone to be qualified to operate a forklift truck.

    Who is at fault?

    As with all work accident claims, the eligibility and chances of success are wholly dependent on whose fault the accident was. For example, if a worker was recklessly driving a forklift around a warehouse and tipped the vehicle over onto themselves, they would be unable to claim as the responsibility was solely with them.

    If however, in the YouTube clip above, at 0:50 the items were unsupported or stacked too high to comply with safety regulations, the resulting avalanche would be the fault of the employer, and thus the worker could claim for work accident compensation.

    Claiming for compensation

    If you do suffer an accident at work and think it wasn’t your fault, you can call Accident Advice Helpline’s 24-hour helpline. A trained adviser will determine if your case is eligible, and you can then decide if you want to proceed with the claim.

    Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with over a decade of experience, and it’s a no-win no-fee basis – so if you don’t win the case, it won’t cost you a penny. The incident doesn’t have to have just happened to claim either – provided it was in the past three years, you can seek compensation.

    Many cases are settled with the employer directly, and most claimants will not need to go to court.

    Date Published: October 21, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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