Forklift truck accidents account for a large number of the accidents that are reported in the workplace every year in Manchester.

Michael Lewin Solicitors have settled numerous cases on behalf of clients who have had an accident involving a forklift truck. A surprising number are reported by employers and employees every year. Adequate training should be provided to anyone who has to drive a forklift truck in the workplace. Employers should be sure that even if the driver holds a certificate to say they can drive a forklift they show a certain level of competence before they are allowed to use on unsupervised in the workplace. This will help to reduce the number of accidents that are reported each year.

Employees can be seriously injured by way of faulty equipment which they have been given or by using defective equipment which then causes an accident. These accidents then have penalties from the employer needing to replace or re-train the member of staff who was injured to possibly paying out for rehabilitation and compensation for financial losses which the employee has suffered due to the accident.

Employers may also have to undergo an investigation and face the closure of their firm if serious negligence has resulted in a near-fatal accident on their premises. These are extreme consequences which employers rarely consider but checking equipment can prevent a great deal of heartache further down the line.

Forklift truck accidents occur frequently not just in Manchester but all over the UK. Michael Lewin Solicitors can deal with your claim no matter where you are located in the UK.

Mrs B was injured when she tripped over the forks of a forklift truck that had not been parked up correctly. The forks of the truck had not been lowered down and the truck had been left in a hazardous position. Mrs B tripped over this hazard and her legs hit the forks. Thankfully the forklift accident specialists at Michael Lewin were able to secure £1800.00 in compensation for Mrs B.

Your employer should have a valid and up to date certificate of employer’s liability insurance. On this certificate the minimum lever of cover and the companies covered by the policy should be stated clearly. Just because your employer has a certificate of employer’s liability insurance does not mean that they have the right to ignore health and safety guidelines or make employees use faulty of defective equipment; the safety of all employees should always be first and foremost. Some employees may have received a copy of the certificate electronically; sine 2008 this method of displaying the certificate has been acceptable.

If you need forklift truck accidents advice in Manchester call Michael Lewin Solicitors on 0844 499 9302.

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