Forklift trucks are a significant cause of injury in the workplace. They are to blame for over a quarter of all serious injuries sustained at work. If you’ve been injured in an incident involving a forklift truck, you may be considering launching a Stafford accident at work claim. If you are, why not use the no win no fee services that we offer here at Accident Advice Helpline? The package we offer our clients comes unreservedly recommended by the former TV celebrity and well-known consumer champion Esther Rantzen.
Forklift truck broke worker’s leg in three places
A 42-year-old employee of a food packaging company was injured by a forklift truck when he stepped backwards to turn around. The truck (which was carrying a large roll of printed film), hit his right leg and broke it in three places. The man was hospitalised for six days and had to have metal bars and pins inserted into his leg to repair the damage.
No defined pathway for forklift trucks
When the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) conducted an investigation, they found that there was no clear path for roadway painted onto the factory floor. A simple painted white or yellow line creating a separate walkway to help to keep forklift trucks and workers on foot apart, could easily have prevented the accident.
Company now uses pallet trolleys where possible
In the ensuing court case, the company pleaded guilty to breaches of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, were fined £30,000 and were ordered to pay the court’s costs of £2,979. The company has now begun using pallet trolleys wherever possible. They are moved at walking pace only, and allow the operator of the trolley good, clear, all-round vision.
Get a forecast of the amount of compensation for your Stafford accident at work claim
In order to find out how much financial compensation you might be awarded for your Stafford accident at work claim, you can go to the Accident Advice Helpline website and locate our HOW MUCH compensation calculator. You will spot it as soon as you arrive on the website. All you have to do is to answer 4 simple questions regarding the injury you sustained, and you will then be given a forecast as to how much compensation you could receive. It’s free, quick and easy to use, taking no more than about 30 seconds.
AAH’s no win no fee injury claim process
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Date Published: 20th October 2014