Forklift accidents often occur as a result of inadequate training or poor supervision, although can also be caused by machinery that is in a poor condition or defective. Frequently it’s not actually the driver of the forklift who is injured, but rather a colleague working nearby, or even a visitor to the site.
Whatever the circumstances of the accident, if you have been injured in a forklift accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation, against your employer or in reality their insurance company.
Our Personal Injury Solicitors offer a free legal advice for people injured in accidents at work and most claims can be dealt with on a No Win No Fee basis.
An employer has a legal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of their employees, and anyone who visits the work site, is protected. In addition they must have Employers’ Public Liability and Employee Insurance.
Where forklifts are used in the workplace, an employer will need to implement the following safety measures:
- Safe workplace – according to the law in England and Wales, systems must be put in place so that vehicles such as forklifts can move around the workplace safely.
- Adequate and sufficient training – all employees should be given the correct training so that they know how to follow health and safety best practices. This includes all employees, not just those tasked with driving forklift trucks.
- Forklift operator training – forklift truck operators must have a forklift licence, so staff who haven’t been training in the safe handling and driving of forklifts should not be allowed to operate such machinery.
- Risk assessments – employers must carry out risk assessments when heavy duty machinery is being used to identify and prevent any potential risks to staff and visitors.
- Maintain equipment – forklifts and any associated machinery/equipment should be properly maintained.
- Adequate supervision – employees should be adequately supervised to ensure they are following health and safety best practices.
Forklift Accident Compensation
If you have been injured in a forklift accident for which someone else was to blame, such as your employer or a co-worker, you should speak to a Personal Injury Solicitor as soon as possible.
Anyone unfortunate enough to be injured as a result of someone else’s mistakes is legally entitled to pursue a claim for compensation. This is intended to offer some form of redress (compensation) for personal injuries, which can be severe in forklift accidents as they often involving crush injuries. The compensation also intends to recover the money you have lost as a result of the accident, including any loss of earnings and out of pocket expenses.
Every year our Personal Injury Solicitors and Litigation Lawyers secure millions of pounds in compensation through personal injury claims for people injured in accidents.