What Are Common Examples Of Vehicle Accidents At Work Cases?
The most common examples of vehicle accidents cases occurring at work usually result from employer negligence, causing harm to either their own employees or members of the public.
In many cases, employees are involved in collisions on-site, in warehouses and in stock yards – where employees are struck down by forklift trucks, haulage vehicles and similar workplace vehicles – often due to careless vehicle handling, or because the victim was not properly trained in work place health and safety procedures.Some past cases include:
- pedestrians being struck by vehicles entering or leaving the site
- people falling from vehicles on to pedestrians;
- site and delivery vehicles obstructing the pavement, thereby forcing pedestrians into the road where they are at risk of Road Traffic Accidents;
- vehicles striking non-site vehicles while entering or leaving the site;
- loads moved during transit falling off due to being improperly secured or driving over uncovered workplace hazards, striking pedestrians or other vehicles;
- unauthorised use of vehicles which are not switched off or locked when the driver is not in the cab;
- improper use or absence of necessary road diversions causing public vehicles to mistakenly drive into worksites, injuring either the driver and passengers or workers onsite
- vehicles may take contaminated material off site on their wheels;
The above is by no means an exhaustive list. If you feel you have been caused injury by accidents involving vehicles at work through no fault of your own, it is worth speaking to our solicitors to determine whether a claim is possible.
What Are My Employer’s Responsibilities Concerning My Safety?
In the past, site managers might have had an excuse for being negligent about the health and safety of their workers due to the lack of legislation which addressed measures which could be taken simply and clearly. In modern times, this is no longer an excuse, following the implementation of numerous government acts in the interest of standardising workplace safety across industries. An employer takes legal liability whenever injury occurs to either employees or a member of the public related to their worksite. Now, an employer is legally required to take the following measures in order to prevent vehicular accidents happening at work:
- Performing a risk assessment when considering access and approaches to the site during the planning stage, considering the proximity of schools and hospitals and potential busy periods;
- Segregating pedestrians and vehicles wherever possible;
- Avoiding crossing traffic flow with site traffic;
- Diverting site traffic away from pedestrianised areas and housing estates where possible;
- Ensuring there are adequate control measures to prevent people falling from vehicles;
- Minimising reversing on to roads or public areas;
- Controlling stocks to make sure you have the right materials at the right time;
- Providing adequate on-site space for offloading vehicles where possible;
Where vehicles must be loaded or unloaded across the pavement, employers must carry out a risk assessment of the area chosen to prepare procedures in line with health and safety best practice. Their primary responsibility is to ensure there is safe access for pedestrians and other vehicles, as diversions into the road may cause accidents for which they are responsible. Another responsibility is to choose delivery times to avoid busy pedestrian or traffic periods, alert delivery companies in advance of routes to follow or avoid, and of loading arrangements, and, where possible, use a banksman to direct vehicles and assist with unloading and loading. Further employer responsibilities which may be neglected in cases of work vehicle-related personal injury include allowing sufficient clearance around mobile loading arms, and properly securing loads, which, when best practice is not followed, may fall and hit workers and pedestrians.
Which Legislation Explains My Rights?
To ensure the long-term safety of workers, there are three main pieces of legislation which govern the use of vehicles in the workplace. These are:
- Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)
- Health And Safety (Safety Signs And Signals) Regulations 1996
- The Workplace (Health, Safety, And Welfare) Regulations 1992
Easily accessible from the HSE website, these three pieces of legislation provide guidance to employees and employers to ensure their own safety and that of others takes precedence, with guidelines on how to implement the duties of employers and carry out effective risk assessments. The guidelines dictate that the responsibility for employee safety and that of nearby members of the public, lies almost exclusively with those who control the work being carried out – in this case, site or workplace managers. Where negligence has compromised this safety, a personal injury claim may be built.
Vehicle Accidents At Work Claims
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a vehicle accident at work, it is advisable to speak to us today for advice, as there are strict time limits in place when it comes to filing a personal injury claim of this type.
Due to the ample legislation in place, employers have very little excuse for allowing these accidents to happen. If you are injured as a result of their neglect for these legal requirements, you are well within your rights to make a scaffolding accident claim for compensation.Whilst a claim cannot make your injury disappear, any compensation acquired can help pay towards better treatment, providing the financial security needed to take some time off to recuperate. If you feel you have grounds for a vehicle accident at work claim, speak to us.
Vehicle Accidents At Work Resources
Our comprehensive guide to the problem of accidents sustained at work, called Workplace Accidents – The Occupational Hazard, details all types of common claims from falls to electric shocks to hearing loss, alongside remarkable statistics on their occurrence.
If you would like more information on preventative measures for work, or if you would like precautionary measures to present to your employer, The Health and Safety Executive website provides useful guidance on workplace vehicle safety in printable brochures, guides and posters form for use in and around the workplace.
We pride ourselves on our provision of first-class legal advice and support. Our team of expert solicitors have a wealth of expertise, and knowledge, that you will be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. For free, expert advice on pursuing a vehicle accident at work claim, speak to us today.