It is commonly known that forklift truck drivers have a particularly hazardous job. According to statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive, between 2001 and 2005, over 21,000 forklift-related injuries occurred in the UK.
The shocking figures reveal that just under 100 of those injuries resulted in fatalities, whilst around 5,800 were considered major injuries and over 15,000 resulted in workers having to take time off work.
Forklift Accidents Account for 24% of All Workplace Transport Accidents
Of all workplace transport injuries, forklift accidents account for around 24% of them and the vast majority of these accidents are the result of insufficient training and/or supervision. Needless to say, employers and employees alike must do everything they can to minimise the dangers associated with forklift truck driving.
Because of the sheer volume of forklift truck accidents in the UK, the HSE released an Approved Code of Practice (ACOP), which clearly states the minimum legal requirements for forklift truck drivers. The ACOP sets out the requirements of training before anyone can legally operate a forklift truck. Failure to adhere to these standards can result in legal action being taken.
What Are the Causes of Forklift Accidents
There are a huge number of factors that could contribute to a forklift accident – anything from human error through lack of training or tiredness, to faulty equipment. We’ve listed a few of the most common causes, that should be avoided at all costs to reduce the risk of forklift accidents.
Poor Layout of Workplace
• Insufficient room to operate the forklift safely.
• Poor lighting.
• Congestion and overcrowded workplace
• Unnecessary obstructions.
• Other workers in proximity of forklifts.
• Insufficient training.
• Long working hours resulting in lack of concentration.
• Old/broken equipment.
• Lack of safety equipment.
Start Your Forklift Compensation Claim Today
If you’ve been injured in a forklift accident, you could be eligible to make a compensation claim. To find out more, contact Workplace Claim today. Our helpful staff are on hand to advise you on the best course of action.
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