Most manufacturing workplaces and many large-scale warehouses and retail outlets will use forklift trucks in the day-to-day running of the workplace. However, forklifts are by no means innocuous pieces of machinery, they can be extremely dangerous and forklift truck accidents continue to occur in UK working life.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) refer to forklift trucks and all allied vehicles as “lift trucks” and report that between the periods 2001/2002 and 2005/2006 there were 21,190 personal injury accidents involving forklift trucks.
Of these, 94 resulted in fatality, 5,758 caused major injury and 15,338 people had to take more than three days off work for injuries sustained in a lift truck accident.
The HSE states that of all transport accidents which occur in the workplace, forklift trucks are implicated in 24 per cent of them.
There is an Approved Code of Practice (ACOP), for forklift truck drivers, published by the Health and Safety Commission and a set of guidance notes called Rider-Operated Lift Trucks: Operator Training. These documents set standards for training and the different requirements for the various types of lift trucks.
In many instances, forklift truck accidents occur because workers believe that they can use a forklift truck, however, the guidelines for safe-use are quite different to other vehicles and a lift truck can easily cause a crush accident, or can topple over if not used correctly.
There are also strict guidelines about use of the lifting equipment and many workplace accidents occur when employees are asked to use a forklift truck as an access platform for working at height without the correct risk assessments or platform equipment in place.
When assessing a safe system of work using a forklift truck, employers must ensure that all hazards are addressed such as merging vehicular and pedestrian traffic routes and adequate lighting of lift truck routes. Furthermore, full maintenance regimes should be in place to ensure the vehicle and all its equipment are safe to use.
If you have suffered a personal injury as a result of a forklift truck accident, either as the driver or a nearby co-worker, the team of experienced solicitors at George Ide will be able to advise you on all aspects of making a claim for your injuries.
From first conversation about your injuries and the causes of the accident through to conclusion our team will strive to help you in the most clear and concise way. We offer a comprehensive service to clients to help them feel reassured that all their issues relating to an accident at work and its consequences are being fully addressed.
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