If you have been in an accident on the job that involves a forklift truck, then we can assist you getting the compensation that you need and deserve.
What are the different kinds of forklift accidents?
You don’t need to be a forklift driver or work on a forklift truck in order to become injured by one.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in fact, states, that on average, about one quarter of total workplace transport accidents are forklift truck accidents.
A powerful industrial vehicle such as a forklift is certainly classified as dangerous equipment. So it definitely needs to have strict safety measures in order for the risk of injury of accident to be minimised as much as possible. Unfortunately, there are organisations and people who prioritise efficiency and speed over safety. Too often that is the real reason why accidents occur.
The following are examples of how forklift trucks can cause accidents:
Accident while driving a forklift truck
Unsafe driving condition – when your injury was caused by adverse weather, potholes, or poor surface conditions
Incorrect training – where you were injured due to lack of training, or the wrong training
Defective forklift – where a forklift that was being driven was not fit or safe
Other forklift accidents
Reckless or dangerous driving – injuries that are caused by driving, swerving, or speeding in unregulated areas.
Equipment collision – when a forklift truck hits lockers, machinery, or shelves and this results in you becoming injured, including due to falling debris or objects
Pedestrian collision – when a forklift collides with you
Was someone else at fault for your forklift accident?
We understand that at time it can be hard to know if someone else was at fault for your accident, particularly if you have been working fro some time in the same way without accident or injury. There are regulations and rules that, if not followed or broken, means that somebody else is responsible for your injuries.
There are on licences issued by the government for forklift trucks. But employers are required to ensure that all staff members who operate vehicles and machinery are trained properly according to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER). That is to ensure that any risk that forklift trucks pose is minimised.
Wherever a forklift truck is being utilised, there should be basic training that is provided and followed, like the L117: Operator training and safe use.
If your employer does not provide you with this training, either via an external licensing body like the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLSA) or internally, and as a result you suffer an injury, then someone else is at fault for the accident. Imagine if you and your coworkers were provided with this training. You might have been able to prevent your accident which resulted in you being injured.
With that in mind, it is also essential to realise that if your employer failed to ensure that your working environment was safe to operate a forklift truck in, or provided a forklift truck that was poorly maintained, then they are to blame for the injuries that you have suffered.
We have assisted thousands of individuals starting claims for their work accidents. Check out a couple of the 2,000 reviews that we have received at Trust Pilot, which is the largest independent review site, and you will see why using a well-established, reliable, and supportive company such as us can help make it a much smoother process to make a claim for compensation.
Can you make a claim on your forklift injury?
We will ask you a couple of questions regarding your accident, and then tell you right over the phone whether we think you do have a claim or not. If you are ready to get started on the process right away, then we will transfer you to one of the specialist solicitors on our staff.
However, we will also be happy to provide you with no-obligation, impartial advice as well. There isn’t any pressure for you to take the next step right away, and any conversations you have with us are confidential. So if you want to discuss your experience with us call us on 0808 164 9153.
Or you can use our following three-step check to determine if you can make a claim or not.
On the following questions, if your answer is yes then most likely we can get you in touch with a solicitor. Then we will need to speak with you over the phone to get details on your accident. However, the call will not take a long time.
- Did your accident occur within the past three years?
- Was someone else at fault for your accident?
- Did you sustain injuries as the result of your accident?