Driving dangers at work
- AuthorKate Sweeney
Whether it’s making deliveries, operating a crane, driving a forklift truck or handling a concrete pump, those who drive for a living are protected by strict health and safety laws for the simple reason that serious and fatal accidents can and do occur on a regular basis.
If an employer fails to provide correct training, adequate supervision or ensure vehicles are properly maintained, and an accident occurs, that employer can be pursued for compensation.
Some of the incidents reported by the Health and Safety Executive make for shocking reading.
Fatal crane incident
In 2007, crane operator Anthony Milani of Newbury died when his lorry driven crane touched overhead power cables and he was electrocuted. HSE Inspector Dennis MacWilliam said: "Proper training, simple checks and procedures could have prevented this horrific incident.”
Worker crushed on building site
An incident on an Essex building site saw a worker killed by a 31 tonne concrete beam which had been removed from a bridge during demolition work. The beam was placed on a low loader lorry but was not correctly secured; it fell, crushing the worker underneath. The family, which included four children, was devastated by the tragedy.
Forklift truck accident results in £5,000 compensation payout
A forklift truck incident in Lincolnshire left a man with fractured ribs and unable to work for three weeks. The truck was being used to lower a cage containing the injured man and his co-worker to the ground. But the cage caught on a lorry and fell and when the driver tried to catch it, one of the forks hit the man. Polypipe Ltd of Doncaster was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £5,000 in compensation to the injured man.
From vehicle related crush injuries to falls from height, Stephensons’ specialist personal injury lawyers are experts in claiming compensation for accidents at work including for the families left behind after a fatal injury. Call us today on 01616 966 229 to discuss your work accident claim.
By personal injury solicitor, Kate Sweeney