Such accidents frequently result in very serious injuries such as crushed limbs, broken bones, spinal injuries and unfortunately in some cases fatalities. Owing to the use and function of the forklift, the injuries tend to be quite significant and often result in permanent disability. In a recent survey the average payout for an accident involving a forklift is €33,000.
Forklift accidents are frequently caused by poor or inadequate training on the part of the driver of the forklift, failure to maintain in a proper and safe manner the mechanics of the forklift such as brakes, lights etc.
In addition to these causes, a poor layout in the factory or work place is also a common cause with the driver frequently incurring difficulties in turning space etc.