Forklift truck accidents happen on a regular basis; if you have been injured by a forklift you may be entitled to compensation Michael Lewin in London can offer you advice on making a claim.

Mrs B was awarded a total of £1800.00 in compensation after she sustained an injury from a forklift truck. Mrs B was at work when she slipped. Ass Mrs B slipped she hit her legs on the forks of a truck that had not been lowered down.

As a result of her accident Mrs b sustained soft tissue damage to her leg. Had the appropriate training been given to all forklift drivers about no leaving the forks of the truck up then Mrs B may not had sustained an injury.

Adequate information training and instruction is required for all workers but this is not a set amount. This will be dependent on the age and competency of the employees; for new processes or young/inexperienced employees the supervision will need to be on a far more frequent basis than for established working procedures. Also training to use a computer can allow mistakes which will not be costly in terms of employee’s physical well-being but mistakes cannot be allowed to happen when younger workers are in charge of welding equipment or large electrically powered blades.

Section 3 requires the employer to ensure that people not employed but who could be affected by his operation are not placed at risk. The general public customers visitors or contractors attending the site might need training or supervision to minimise the risk to their health and safety while on site or relevant personal protective equipment (PPE) along with training on how to use it correctly may need to be provided. If you have been involved in any forklift truck accidents speak to the experts at Michael Lewin about whether you can claim compensation in London.

Mrs B was compensated for her accident and hopefully her employers have now seen it is imperative to make sure forklift drivers are aware of the dangers of not parking the trucks properly. Employers have a duty to ensure that all employees receive appropriate training about using machinery at work.

All employers? duty of care to their employees means they have to provide competent staff a safe working environment the correct equipment and a safe system of work.

Section 16 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 permits Approved Codes of Practice which explains different practises acceptable for different working environments. The Approved Codes of Practice can be used as an indication for the courts as to whether the actions of the employer were safe.

An employer can only escape liability if they can prove that they have exercised reasonable care. Many employers feel concerned that the entire onus for health and safety is on their shoulders. They worry that if employees have interfered with equipment or refuse to wear the correct clothing they are fully responsible.

Sections 7 and 8 of the health and safety at work act deal with these concerns. If you think you are entitled to industrial accidents compensation Michael Lewin in London will be able to assess your case for you over the phone. Call us today on 0844 499 9302.

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