If you work in Spelthorne, and you’ve suffered a serious injury associated with a forklift truck, you can commission the services of Accident Advice Helpline to assist you with the raising of a Spelthorne accident at work claim to obtain appropriate compensation.
Lorry driver crushed to death by falling load
Forklift trucks themselves can sometimes cause accidents directly, either by colliding with workers on foot, or crushing them against a stationary object. But there is also a danger of the load that a forklift truck is carrying, slipping or falling and causing injury if it strikes someone. A horrific example of this type of accident took place in Stonehaven when a lorry driver was hit by a falling load and crushed to death.
Lorry driver helped with the loading process
Some lorry drivers offer to lend a hand with loading and unloading of their vehicles, and this was the case with a 49-year-old lorry driver at a site in Stonehaven. The driver decided to help with the loading of grain onto his bulk transporter. The grain was destined to be processed as animal feed.
How the fatal accident happened
The driver was standing adjacent to the forklift truck type vehicle, which lifts the grain bins, (each one of which weighs 600kg and holds 1.5 tonnes of grain), into position, to be emptied into the bulk transporter. He had agreed to pull a lever releasing the grain, once the bin was in position. The forklift driver raised the load five and a half feet off the ground to allow him clear visibility. Unfortunately, as the forklift began to move forward, the load shifted and fell onto the hapless driver, who died from the resultant crush injuries to his head, neck and chest.
The HSE investigates
The ensuing report that was carried by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) found that although the company’s site rules stated that visiting drivers should remain out of the way until they were asked to operate the lever release, this information was not passed on to the workers, or any visiting lorry drivers. It meant that lorry drivers approaching the loads before being asked to do so, became a regular and accepted practice.
It was also discovered that although bin slippages had happened before, no safety mechanisms were put in place. Additional failures in health and safety best practice included poor visibility in the loading area, and failure to manage work systems, and train operators correctly.
Working with AAH to launch your Spelthorne accident at work claim
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a forklift truck, and the absence of best practice you can launch a Spelthorne accident at work claim via AAH. When you work with AAH you stand to benefit from:
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Date Published: 20th October 2014