Some of the Charnwood accident claims we’ve processed here at Accident Advice Helpline in the past, have been to do with Charnwood Forest, the forest after which this particular area of North Leicestershire is named.
Working in the forestry industry can be hazardous
Forestry as an occupation can be quite hazardous; working with chainsaws, and being in a tree-felling environment when huge trees come crashing down presents risks. Luckily, fatalities are not a regular occurrence.
Forestry worker killed in December 2013 in Scotland
However, it was only back in December 2013 that an estates company in Scotland was fined £140,000 after a forestry worker was killed during a tree-felling exercise. The man who had learning difficulties, died from his wounds, having been struck on the head and shoulders by a 36-metre tall tree which was coincidently uprooted when another tree that was being felled crashed into it and brought it down in a domino effect. The man who was killed was acting as a signalman working with two colleagues responsible for the actual tree-felling operation.
The importance of correct forestry site management
Of course, it’s not just forestry workers who are at risk. Forests around the country just like Charnwood Forest, are open to the general public, and when tree felling or tree maintenance operations are in full swing, the areas must be properly cordoned off to ensure that members of the general public cannot wander unknowingly into the work zone and get injured.
Managing risk in forestry work areas and forestry recreational areas
The Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974 states that it is the duty on behalf of both employers and employees to ensure that any work being carried out, does not impinge on the health and safety rights of others. Risks and hazards must be controlled, both in terms of sites where forestry work is taking place, and in recreational facilities that the general public have access to, such as walking routes, cycling and horse riding routes, picnic areas, campsites, adventure playgrounds, and natural viewing areas.
Take advantage of Accident Advice Helpline’s forestry injury knowledge when processing Charnwood accident claims
If anyone has cause to raise Charnwood accident claims, whether it’s forestry workers or members of the general public, Accident Advice Helpline is familiar with forestry health and safety rules and regulations, and can help. To find out more you can either visit our website, or speak to one of our customer service team by calling our free helpline, on 0800 689 0500, or if using your mobile, by calling 0333 500 0993.
The other benefits of working with Accident Advice Helpline
As well, as taking advantage of our forestry knowledge, when you commission Accident Advice Helpline to help with your personal injury claims, you will also benefit from:
- Our ‘no win, no fee’ service, as recommended by Esther Rantzen
- Use of our interactive, online 30 second, HOW MUCH calculator
- Our great customer support service
- Use of our free 24/7 helpline – 0800 689 0500 from landlines – 0333 500 0993 from mobile phones.