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Forklift Accidents

Forklift injury claims

Forklift accidents are accountable for a considerable number of injuries in the workplace. This can be because of poor layout in the workplace, improper training or even a lack of proper machinery maintenance. If a forklift accident has taken place, then the employer can be responsible for payment of compensation if they are discovered to have been inattentive or negligent. Some of the most common forklift accidents involve staff being hit by a truck, an overturning forklift, a heavy load being dropped on a person, a forklift trapping people or even pinning them against a wall, collision with stationary items or construction and building site accidents. The most common cause of accidents and death in the workplace involves individuals being hit by a vehicle or plant such as forklifts.

The scope of regulations, which individuals pursuing a personal injury claim are able to rely on, set out the law for the majority of forklift accidents, as well as construction and building site accidents generally.

Some of the most common accidents on construction and building sites are:

  • Crane accidents
  • Roofing accidents
  • Non-roof collapse
  • Scaffolding and scaffold accidents
  • Lifting equipment malfunction
  • Trench collapse
  • Electric shock injuries
  • Forklift truck accidents
  • Welding accidents
  • Accidents relating to compressed gas

If you are involved in a forklift accident and it can be confirmed that your employer was negligent then you can make a forklift accident claim. Forklift accidents can cause trauma for the individual involved and might mean that the injured party will not be capable of working ever again. Therefore, it is important to choose an experienced and skilled solicitor to assist with the claim. Cooks Solicitors, as experts in Forklift accident claims, can recover compensation where:

  • Proper training was not provided
  • The carelessness of the another party caused the damage
  • Safe traffic routes were not organised or adhered to
  • Defective or unsuitable equipment was provided
  • There was a failure to provide competent staff or offer a safe system of working

You might have options for who you can pursue for compensation. You may be able to claim personal injury compensation against the other party’s employer or your own employer, depending upon who is actually responsible for the accident.
Cooks Legal work on a no win no fee basis and we make sure that no deductions are made from the compensation awarded to you.

Although use of a forklift is one of the easiest options to enable us to move heavy loads, driving a forklift involves its own rules and regulations which must be adhered to. First of all, it is important to make sure that the forklift has been recently serviced and that the equipment is updated. Well-maintained forklifts are most effective in keeping you safe while you move heavy loads. When driving a forklift, here are some guidelines that you have to follow to ensure safety for yourself and for other people working around you:

Have you been a victim of forklift injury through no fault of your own? If your answer is yes then it is your legal right to claim compensation from the negligent party for their actions. Forklift injury can occur for several reasons, for example when a forklift truck collides with goods, resulting in injury to pedestrians, customers or employees. The injured party can sue the negligent party if the injury occurred due to objects falling off the forklift truck. The victim has the right to sue the negligent forklift truck owner in a case where the forklift truck has over-turned.

Forklift accidents are common occurrences that could be prevented by properly developed and implemented forklift truck safety. In many manufacturing work places, the forklift trucks serve as a valuable part of the machinery used to handle materials. Their versatile nature enables employees to carry out a large number of jobs including moving and loading materials, stacking and lifting. In the event that the operator of the forklift truck is not cautious, alert or certified, the forklift, the operator, pedestrians and the load could suffer severe damage or harm.

Where proper forklift truck safety measures are not followed, it can be highly dangerous for the people working with it or around it. As driving a forklift is entirely different from driving any other vehicle, the operators of these forklift trucks need to know the risks involved and the ways in which such construction and building site accidents can be avoided. Dangerous forklift mishandling can result in the truck tipping over, colliding with another object, equipment or vehicle, or dropping a load.

Workplace Accident
Mrs P tripped on an extension lead wire which had been left to run across the floor of her workplace. She had previously complained about the lead however it was not rectified until after her accident. Liability was admitted early in the claim and Mrs P was awarded £1600.00 following consultation with a medico-legal expert.
"I was very sceptical to approach a "no win no fee" firm, but I was happy to have them help me. They were professional, concise and were successful with my claim. I would be very happy to use them and to recommend them."
Mrs P, London