Forklift trucks are a very versatile piece of machinery often used to move heavy objects at height and therefore are used in a variety of workplace environments such as factories and distribution centres.
All forklift truck operators should be fully trained before using one in the work place. All training should be carried out in a safe area by a credited trainer, away from others workers. Forklift truck training should include knowledge and skills required to operate a truck safely, knowledge of the working environment in which the forklift is to be operated, use of safety clothing, reporting of forklift truck accidents or near misses and further training on the job with the correct supervision. An operator should also be aware of the regular maintenance needed to the truck.
Before using a forklift truck, a seat belt should be fastened and the appropriate safety clothing should be worn, this can include fluorescent jacket, safety footwear and hard hats. The forklift truck should also have working audible warning devices and flashing lights.
It seems like common sense but the area in which a forklift truck is used needs to be flat and free of obstructions. All paths the truck takes should be wide enough, free of sharp bends and pedestrians.
If any of the above safety measures have been broken and you are injured as a forklift truck operator, co-worker or a member of the public a forklift truck injury compensation claim may be possible.
There are numerous ways in which people are injured by a forklift truck at work but the most frequent include:
- Forklift truck that overturns.
- Items hitting people after falling from a truck.
- Workers who are crushed by a forklift truck.
- Pedestrians being run over by a forklift truck.
Employers have a duty of care and must take the correct safety measures to reduce the likelihood of a forklift truck accident at work happening. If it is the case that an employer has failed to take such measures and you are injured as a result a forklift truck injury claim may be possible with the help of the Accident Advice Bureau.
There are lots of ways people are injured through the use of forklifts but fractures/broken bones and back injuries are very common.
In order to pursue forklift truck accident claim it would be helpful if you followed the correct procedure following your forklift accident. This should be as follows:
Report the accident to a manager or supervisor.
Make sure the full details surrounding the accident are recorded into the accident book or an accident report form.
Take any witness details of anyone who saw the accident and is aware of the causation.
Make sure your injuries are diagnosed and recorded on medical records.
Seek advice if you wish to pursue an injured by a forklift truck claim.
However you may have been injured by a forklift truck as long as the accident was not your own fault you may be able to make a forklift truck injury compensation claim with the help of the Accident Advice Bureau.
There are strict time limits in which to make forklift truck accident claim and the sooner you start the process the easier it normally proves to win the case.
When choosing who best to help you pursue a forklift truck injury claim for compensation, remember that the Accident Advice Bureau are experts in the field. We will achieve maximum compensation for you and your claim will be hassle free and dealt with as quickly as possible. So call our fully trained friendly team, request us to call you or claim online.