Forklift Truck Accident Compensation

Forklift trucks are most commonly used in manufacturing and warehouses. They are used to move materials around small distances. Although they are extremely useful pieces of equipment, they can pose serious dangers not only to the people operating them, but also to those around the area too. On average, forklift truck accidents account for up to 25% of workplace transport accidents. Someone requires hospital treatment from an accident involving a forklift truck every single day in the UK.

Forklift truck accidents can result in very serious injuries. If you have suffered an accident at work as a result of a forklift truck, we have a dedicated team of work injury solicitors who have expertise and a track record of success in this area.

We have helped thousands of clients claim the compensation they deserve. We’ll guide you through the process and take the stress out of making a claim.

Call us today on 0800 612 7340 to see how we could help you. Or fill in online work accident enquiry form and we’ll call you back to discuss your case.

All forklift truck claims are handled on a no win no fee basis so there’s no financial risk to you.

Remember, your employer cannot dismiss you for making a claim. By law, all employers must have insurance to cover them for accidents in the workplace. If your claim is successful, it is the insurance company who will pay your compensation and not your employer.

About Forklift Truck Accidents

The term forklift truck not only includes the trucks themselves, but can also include reach trucks, which are used to lift and lower items from high stacks or shelving, and stand up trucks, which are operated by drivers standing on the truck to control and steer them.

Common causes of forklift truck accidents can include:

  • Inadequate training of workers operating forklift trucks.
  • Forklift trucks being driven too fast.
  • The load being elevated when the forklift is moving.
  • Uneven surfaces causing the forklift to tilt and lose balance.
  • Reach trucks causing items in high stacks to be pushed too far over the stack and falling down on the other side.
  • Pedestrians and forklift trucks working within the same area.
  • Loads not being secured correctly and falling off the truck and onto someone.

Unfortunately, most of the accidents at work caused by forklift trucks could have been prevented by employers implementing the correct system of use and accurately assessing risks. It is law in the UK that anyone who is operating a forklift truck must undergo the correct training and have the correct license to do so.

Employers must assess the risks to everyone, not just the drivers and take appropriate measures to protect their staff from the risk of injury. It is also advisable that employers provide workers with adequate safety equipment. This can include such things as fluorescent jackets, so pedestrians can be easily recognised and seen by drivers of forklift trucks, as well as hard hats and safety boots, to better protect them if they are struck by a forklift truck.

The forklift trucks themselves should be maintained to an adequate standard and be in good repair. Regular checks are important to ensure they are working safely and correctly.

It is not only workers and their colleagues that can be in danger of injury due to a forklift truck accident. Business owners must also protect the general public and visitors to their premises, for example contractors or shoppers in DIY stores, wholesalers and garden centres.

About forklift truck accident compensation

To start your claim, speak to one of our forklift truck claim solicitors today. Call 0800 612 7340 for a no obligation chat. Alternatively, you can fill in our online work injury compensation form and we’ll call you back.

Forklift truck accidents regularly involve people sustaining serious, life changing injuries. Due to the nature of these accidents, it is important you speak to specialist work accident solicitors who have the legal experience and knowledge to deal with these kinds of claims.

At Freeclaim Solicitors we have expert serious work injury solicitors who can also help you get the rehabilitation needed following your accident. With over 30 years’ experience in accident claims, you can be assured of first class service.

Forklift Truck Accident Compensation Case Studies

Here are just a few examples of claims we have dealt with:

  • Mr J was working in a loading yard when a forklift truck carrying pallets hit a pothole and toppled over, causing the pallets to fall onto our client’s back. He sustained a fracture to a vertebra in his back. Freeclaim Solicitors claimed £12,194 in forklift truck accident compensation for our client.
  • Mr S sustained damage to a ligament in his right knee when a loaded forklift truck collided with him when he was working in a warehouse. The truck trapped his right leg between the loading fork and the floor. He claimed £4,500 in work accident compensation.
  • Mr C claimed £1,500 in forklift truck accident compensation after he was struck in the eye by the handle of a pallet truck whilst at work. He stepped back in a warehouse and caught his foot on the edge of a fork of a truck that had been discarded when not in use. The truck swung round quickly and the handle hit our client in his left eye. He sustained damage to the inner of his eye and a laceration to the eyelid
  • Mr E was sat in a forklift truck at work when he struck his head on an exposed metal frame in the truck. Mr E suffered a laceration to the head and a minor head injury as a result of the accident. Despite the defendant’s denial of liability, we have arranged for our client to be examined by a specialist consultant and we have commenced court proceedings in order to continue pursuing a positive outcome for our client.