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Work vehicle accident claims

The Health and Safety Executive state that there are more than 5000 incidents involving transport in the workplace every year.  The HSE estimate that about 50 of these incidents result in someone dying.
 
You may work in a job that means you have to drive or use work vehicles such as fork lift trucks, lift trucks, mobile plant, dumper trucks, cherry pickers, tractors or other farm vehicles. Your job may also involve you using cars, vans or lorries. 
 
Your employer has a duty of care towards you and must take every step possible to reduce the risk of workplace transport incidents. 
 
The HSE recommends:
 
  • Keeping people and vehicles apart
  • Having clear site rules which are enforced
  • Making sure loads are anchored securely to the vehicle chassis
  • Avoiding the need to work at height on vehicles
 
Employers should also make sure that only authorised personnel operate vehicles. 
 
Your employer should make regular tours of the workplace, including inspections of vehicles, roadways and behaviour to check for workplace hazards and to check that workers are following safe working practices.
 
Employers must make sure that workers are fit and competent to operate workplace vehicles.
 
If your employer does not maintain a safe workplace, including regular risk assessments and training, and you are injured in a workplace vehicle incident you may be able to claim compensation.

Vehicle accident case studies

 
The accident at work team acted for Daniel Hughes against Future Utility Solutions Ltd when he was injured at work.
 
Mr Hughes was at work on a construction site, which was not under the control of his employer. 
 
As on most construction sites, there were various other third party subcontractors present, all performing different functions as part of the project. 
 
The defendant’s employees had left several large gas pipes on the site which was impeding operations. 
 
Following a request, one of the defendant’s employees agreed to remove the pipes by vehicles. 
 
However, instead of cutting up the 40 metre pipe to put in a vehicle, the defendant’s employee attached the piping to the rear tow bar of his van. 
 
He then drove the van across the worksite at speed with the long piping dragged along the ground behind. 
 
The pipe hit Mr Hughes, knocking him to the ground and fracturing his leg. 
 
The incident was reported to the Health and Safety Executive and 
investigated. 
 
The defendant accepted legal responsibility for the incident because of their employee’s negligent actions. 
 
Fortunately, Mr Hughes proceeded to make a full recovery and his case was successfully concluded by Leigh Day.
 
 

Forklift truck amputation

The team also acted for a farm worker who suffered a partial amputation of his little finger and partial thumb function loss when he was asked to move some ‘H’ shaped steel girders.
 
Rather than lifting the girders out of the ground the supervisor said that they should be lifted straight onto the tines of a forklift truck. A safer method would have been to attach chains to the H girder, and then lift from the ground.
 
To save time the supervisor lifted the girder onto the forklift truck which became unstable. It slipped and trapped our client’s right hand when he suffered a serious injury. This has led to permanent problems in his day to day activities such as opening jars, writing and picking up objects. The case was settled for £70,000.
 
Our experienced accident at work claims team can advise you about starting your compensation claim if you have been injured in a workplace vehicle incident.

Please call 0161 393 3570 and someone will get back to you. Our lawyers can visit you at home if you are unable to travel to any of our offices.

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