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Forklift truck injuries on the rise

Every year in the UK, 1,300 workers are hospitalised as a result of suffering serious injuries following forklift truck accidents, and the numbers are increasing. That’s 5 workers everyday suffering potentially life-changing injuries including amputations, complex fractures and dislocations.

The latest Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics reveal forklifts are officially the most dangerous form of workplace transport in Britain, injuring more people compared to HGVs or LGVs. In fact, 25% of workplace transport injuries are as a direct result of forklift truck accidents.

Pedestrians also continue to be at risk, accounting for 57% of those injured or killed in forklift truck accidents. This reiterates the importance of securing employees’ safety amongst forklift truck operatives. It’s a particularly pressing issue in high-traffic areas such as loading bays, where pedestrians and forklift trucks are in proximity.

Devastating lives

Due to the sheer size and nature of forklift trucks, there are rarely minor injuries and often, you don’t walk away from a forklift truck accident. The resulting injuries can devastate lives, not just of the injured; the lives of loved ones, friends and colleagues can also change in a heartbeat.

Powered pallet trucks can also cause serious injuries.

Every year, hundreds of workers suffer lower body injuries as a result of pallet truck accidents. Despite being smaller in size, employers can become complacent about the need to provide operators with adequate training, increasing the risks to operators and pedestrians alike.

Employee rights

The number of senior managers and company directors prosecuted under health and safety laws has risen significantly in recent years, reaching a six year high in 2015/16.  The message from the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) is strong and clear: health and safety violations will be taken seriously and no one is above the law.

If an employer fails to provide and maintain a safe working environment, adequate training or safety equipment and someone is injured, they are rightly held accountable.

Pursuing a claim in the event of a forklift truck accident

In the UK, organisations are legally required to have Employers’ Liability Insurance to ensure they are covered in the event of an accident in the workplace.  This means that if you are injured in the workplace and successfully pursue a claim for compensation, the insurer will pay out.

How much compensation for a forklift truck injury?

At Work Claims Bureau, we have years of experience in winning compensation for workers who have turned to us for help. Our solicitors successfully represent clients making crush injury claims, head injury claims, broken bone injury claims through to more severe, complex cases.

If you have been involved in a forklift truck accident, the most accurate way to determine how much compensation you could be entitled to is to seek advice directly from a No Win No Fee accident at work solicitor.

For more information, or if you would like to make a forklift truck accident claim, contact us directly today to speak to an expert solicitor on 0808 265 5184. All claims are handled in the strictest of confidence and on a No Win No Fee basis.

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If you’ve had an accident at work, you should get in touch with our specialist team as soon as possible.  We’ll take the details we need and explain the next steps. We always recommend you take the following steps, but don’t worry if there’s something here you haven’t done:

  • Complete an accident report and inform your Health and Safety representative at work
  • If you are still in pain, shock, or distress when the report is completed, do not sign it.
  • Keep details of anyone who witnessed the accident.
  • If possible, as soon as you can, ask your Health and Safety representative to take photos of the scene and make them available to you.
  • Write down your recollection of exactly what happened in the accident, including the location and approximate time.

Work Claims Bureau prides itself on progressing your claim promptly whenever it is possible to do so. No two claims are the same. How long your claim lasts is dependent on a number of factors, including:

  • The prognosis for your injuries
  • The conduct of all parties involved
  • Whether your employer admits they were at fault or if we need to fight your case on your behalf

Bearing this in mind, work accident claims typically take between 6 months and 24 months to conclude.  However, this is not ‘written in stone’, and they can last a shorter or longer time than this.

Your employer faces further culpability if they take disciplinary action against you or terminate your employment simply because you make an honest claim for personal injury. There is legislation in place to protect you. You are doing the right thing in reporting your accident and formally submitting a claim, both for yourself and for your employer in helping prevent similar accidents happening in the future.

Talk to one of our claim experts now to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to

All the claims we handle are on a No Win, No Fee basis. Find out out how much your claim is worth today