If you operate forklift trucks in one of the many companies that use them in the South Lakeland area, you must have a current forklift operator’s licence. The same goes if you operate forklifts anywhere here in the UK. If during the course of working with a forklift, you are injured and you find yourself needing to raise an injury claim in South Lakeland, you may wish to avail yourself of the online services of Accident Advice Helpline.
The injury victim doesn’t have to be totally blameless
For a compensation claim to be successful, it is important that the blame for the incident or accident that causes the injury should be attributable to a third party; someone other than the injury victim.
Even if the injury victim knowingly operates a forklift without a licence and gets injured in the process, he/she may still be able to claim compensation if the employer did not prevent him/her from operating the vehicle, or have sufficient supervision in attendance to be aware of what was going on and manage the situation. Take the case of a 51 year-old agency worker in Burnopfield.
Agency worker topples forklift truck
The 51 year-old had been employed from an agency as a cleaner. On the night shift one night, he drove a forklift truck on a totally unsuitable path, which was in places only 40 cm wider than the truck, and which was also was significantly higher than the surrounding ground at stretches along its 150 metre length. At one such point, the forklift truck wandered off the narrow path and the vehicle overturned. Fortunately the driver was unhurt, but it could have been a different story had the truck fallen on him.
Company had a poor track record with the HSE
The company in question had already been in trouble with the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) not 12 months earlier. An employee suffered a crushed hand injury because of an unguarded machine in the workplace. Following the toppled forklift incident, the HSE prosecuted the company, finding them to be in breach of Section 2 (1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They were fined £5,000 and instructed to pay costs of another £3824.45.
Instigating an injury claim in South Lakeland via Accident Advice Helpline
Have you been injured in Lake Southland in an incident that involved on-site transport of some description? If you have, and your employer is to blame, Accident Advice Helpline will help you to launch an injury claim in South Lakeland to obtain appropriate compensation.
The benefits that Accident Advice Helpline offer
As one of the leading compensation claim solicitors here in UK, when you commission our services, you will enjoy several benefits which include:
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