Any injury that involves being hit by a vehicle is almost certain to be serious and, in many cases, life-threatening.
Every year around 1,500 people are seriously injured in accidents involving a workplace vehicle, with many of these accidents occurring during deliveries and collections. (Health and Safety Executive, 2013/14).
In most cases, an accident is caused by:
Twice as many people are struck by vehicles moving forward than reversing and a similar number are trapped by a vehicle or its load collapsing or overturning. (HSE, 2013/14).
A system for deliveries and collections should be organised and strictly enforced to minimise the risk of harm to all staff working in delivery bays and on lorry routes to and from the premises.
Under The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, an employer has a legal responsibility to ensure: "Every workplace shall be organised in such a way that pedestrians and vehicles can circulate in a safe manner."
Drivers or other personnel can be unfairly blamed for accidents that could have been prevented if an employer, site manager or duty holder had put the required safety measures in place. These should include a strict procedure for deliveries and collections, and task-specific movements of vehicles.
Accidents involving a workplace vehicle can leave a victim with devastating injuries, a lifelong disability and an uncertain future for dependants.
Your Legal Friend has over 30 years of experience and an in-depth knowledge of workplace law and serious injury compensation. We can provide you with all the expert guidance you will need to help you make your case and secure the best possible settlement.
Injuries from workplace vehicles
What is classed as a workplace vehicle?
A workplace vehicle is defined as any vehicle or piece of mobile equipment used in any work environment. This covers a wide range of vehicles, including:
Falls from workplace vehicles
Falls from vehicles in the workplace are caused by a number of common reasons, including:
Forklift and pallet trucks
The incorrect or negligent use of a forklift or pallet truck can often cause severe crushing injuries to hands, arms, feet and legs. Lack of training can lead to:
An employer has a legal duty to provide all employees with a safe work environment or system of work. There is an Approved Code of Practice (ACOP), which sets the minimum standard of basic training that an employee should receive before being allowed to operate individual types of fork lift truck.
Workplace traffic routes
Under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, a ‘traffic route’ is defined as ‘a route for pedestrian traffic, vehicles or both’. The Act also includes any stairs, staircase, fixed ladder, doorway, gateway, loading bay or ramp.
A workplace traffic route for workplace vehicles should:
Separating vehicles and people
Effective ways to keep vehicles separate from pedestrian areas include:
Outside contractors and agency workers
The same health and safety standards apply to agency workers and contractors as to permanent company employees. An employer or site operator will need to ensure the contractor is given the appropriate health and safety information on:
Injury caused by a workplace vehicle - do I have a claim?
Under The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, your employer has a legal responsibility and duty of care in the workplace to try to ensure.
If your employer has been negligent and you have suffered an injury as a result, then you may have a claim for compensation.
How Your Legal Friend can help you
Your Legal Friend has over 30 years of experience in helping clients who have suffered an accident at work.
Our in-depth knowledge of workplace law and injury compensation can provide you with all the expert guidance you will need to help you succeed in making your claim.
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