Forklift Truck Accident Claims & Injury Compensation
According to Health and Safety Executive reports, forklift trucks are the most common cause of workplace transport accidents in UK, accounting for 24% of such accidents. In general, the larger the vehicle, the higher the chance that severe injuries would result from an accident.
Driving a fork lift truck is a high-risk task which requires sector-specific skills, supervision and the right amount of training.
Types of Forklift Truck Accidents
The main circumstances of forklift trucks accidents might include any of the following:
- Forklift truck collisions with passers, objects or other vehicles
- Loads falling off a forklift onto passer
- Forklifts pinning someone between the truck and the floor or wall
- The forklift truck itself landing on a worker or a pedestrian.
In working areas with forklift traffic such as work yards or warehouses, accidents can be minimised through the use of bright reflective over-vests, so that the wearers are much more visible. Also, the careful placement of mirrors near corners reduces blind spots and the possibility of forklift truck accidents. Further safety measures include striped hazard labelling tape to highlight tricky corners or obtruding structures.