Oakwood Solicitors are leading experts in claiming compensation following forklift truck accidents at work in London. Mr B was awarded a huge sum of compensation after nearly losing his legs at work.

 In Accidents At Work - Case Study

Mr B from Leigh was at work when his accident happened. Mr B was crushed by a forklift truck. As a result of this accident Mr B partially severed both his legs off and sustained crush injuries to both his knees.

Mr B had to undergo several surgical procedures in order to save his legs. Mr had a prolonged period of rehabilitation after having to undergo multiple operations. This resulted in Mr B having to have a considerable amount of time off work in order to recover.

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 injured at work speak to our forklift truck accidents specialist here at Oakwood Solicitors in London. 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.

Section 7 states that employees must not endanger themselves or others by their acts or omissions. In addition they must co-operate with their employers as long as this co-operation does not lead to an increased risk to health and safety or is an illegal act so that the employer can comply with their statutory duties thereby making the responsibility for safety a joint effort between employer and employee.

Whether you have sustained major injuries like Mr B or just bruising you may be entitle to make a claim for compensation following an accident at work. If your employer has failed in their duty to keep you as an employee safe and this has resulted in an injury being sustained we can offer you the best possible advice.

For advice about claiming for forklift truck accidents or to see if you have a valid claim in London call Oakwood Solicitors on 0844 499 9302.

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