A forklift truck can be responsible for some of the most devastating injuries in the workplace, making it important that safety measures are in place to reduce the risk of accidents happening. If you have been an injured in an incident that was not your fault, you could make a claim for compensation.
The Lupton Fawcett personal injury team are on hand to provide comprehensive legal advice on the best way to go about making a forklift truck accident claim. To speak to a lawyer about your case, call us today on 0333 323 5292, or fill in our contact form located to the right-hand side of this page and we will get back to you.
There are many ways that a forklift truck can be responsible for an injury in the workplace. The most common include:
- toppling over due to an uneven surface;
- loads falling on those in close proximity;
- pinning somebody between the machine and an object;
- crashing into people or other vehicles;
- collisions with objects that can fall over and cause harm;
- forklifts being driven at speed or carelessly.
All of the above can be prevented if appropriate measures are taken by an employer to ensure that drivers are kept safe and operate them in the correct manner.
What is my employer responsible for?
Firstly, it is an employer’s responsibility to check that forklift truck operators have undergone the correct training as instructed by law. Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as fluorescent jackets, hard hats and suitable footwear, should also be provided to all operators, and the machines should be inspected regularly.
Routes should be checked before travelling to ensure there are no restrictions, including potholes, uneven flooring, obstacles and steep inclines, while supervision should be given throughout to ensure safe use.
If you have suffered an injury, and your employer has failed to provide adequate safety measures, then you could make a claim.
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