Stay safe and don’t let complacency creep in when working with or near forklift trucks

Diligent drivers can save lives by monitoring pedestrians and vehicles in the workplace

By Jane Woodcock, head of personal injury at Hudgell Solicitors

Anyone who works in the driving industry is likely to encounter forklift trucks on a daily basis.

If used safely and appropriately, forklifts are a useful workplace vehicle.

However, the dangers associated with their use are often underestimated – despite around 1,300 forklift accidents occurring in the UK every year, according to the Forklift Truck Association.

Some of the most common forklift truck accidents are:

* Driver crushed or trapped

* Struck by falling load or cage

* Hand or foot crush injury

* Person hit by moving forklift

* Fall from height injury

Unfortunately, incidents like this often occur because of a lack of suitable training, poor supervision or due to unsuitable loading and unloading procedures.

Because a forklift truck is substantial in size and weight, the injuries they inflict can often be significant, life-changing or fatal. It is therefore very important not to be complacent when a forklift is in use.

Following a few simple safety tips whenever you’re near an operational forklift will reduce the likelihood of being involved in an accident with one:

1. Wear suitable safety clothing – hard hat, safety shoes, Hi-Vis jacket etc

2. Be aware of your surroundings at all times

3. Always follow safe loading procedures

4. Maintain good visibility around forklift

5. Spot potential hazards – uneven surfaces, low doors, pedestrians etc More tips and information are available by visiting

Coping with the aftermath of a forklift accident

Thankfully, the majority of commercial vehicle drivers will go their entire career without suffering a near miss or accident involving a forklift.

But for the unfortunate few who are adversely affected, it’s important to get the right help, financial support and rehabilitation.

Hudgell Solicitors