Accidents involving forklift trucks make up only one per cent of annual factory accidents, but are significant in that the injuries that result from such cases are usually severe or even fatal. In the UK, approximately 70 people die annually as a result of work-related transport accidents, and over 1000 are injured.
Employers have a responsibility to ensure that drivers of forklifts receive adequate instruction, training and supervision, and that lift trucks are well-maintained in order to avoid the occurrence of such accidents. They should also ensure that work premises are laid out in such a way that the chance of any transport accidents are minimised. If your employer has been negligent on any of these accounts, you may be able to claim compensation for a forklift truck injury which you have sustained.
Although forklift truck accidents are most often the fault of drivers, drivers who have been hurt in such incidents may still be able to claim compensation from their employer on the grounds that they did not receive adequate training or supervision, or the work premises were designed/constructed in such a way that increased the risk of a transport accident.
Many people involved in workplace transport accidents are injured seriously, and must take long periods of time off work to recover. In some cases, the injuries result in an ongoing disability, and in these cases, workers compensation may not cover the financial or psychological costs involved, and the individual may opt to sue the employer or a third party directly. In addition to claiming actual financial losses, an injured individual you may be able to claim for ‘pain and suffering’, special care aids and equipment, adapted transport, prescription charges and medical fees, travelling expenses and other losses.
If you think you have a forklift truck accident claim against your employer, you should waste no time in consulting a solicitor or the citizens advice bureau.
Crane Accident at Work
Injury resulting from objects dropped by cranes and falls from a crane are the types of crane accidents that can occur and although they are infrequent, they often result in fatalities or serious injuries.
Most crane accidents are brought on by poor planning and shoddy supervision in the operation of a crane. When a crane accident happens, both employers and/or crane operators can be held liable if either party did not follow the safety guidelines outlined in the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations Act (1998) and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) Act (1998).
The LOLER Act was brought about in recognition of the danger of crane accidents, and it outlines procedures that employers must follow including ensuring that the crane is checked on a regular basis and that its use is planned and carried out by competent trained people. Operators are also responsible for ensuring that they are operating their cranes safely and they can be held liable for crane accidents that happen because they did not properly check maximum load limits, left a load unattended etc.
If you have been the victim of a crane accident that was the result of a poor adherence to safety standards on the part of a crane owner or operator then you may have strong grounds for filing a compensation claim. Discuss the details of your crane accident with a solicitor to learn more about what your options are in this circumstance or contact the citizen’s advice bureau. For More Information Visit: Employment Law Solicitors