Pothole Caused Forklift To Topple

23 Jul 2011

A forklift truck driver was left with an eight inch scar on his arm, bruised ribs and injuries to his leg and chest after the forklift he was driving went over a sunken manhole cover and toppled. In the incident in his employer’s yard, the truck spilled its load, a 300 kilo pallet containing 12 metal plates, which struck him as it fell. The 49-year-old GMB member, whose name has not been released but who has worked for the firm for 26 years, was put on light duties for a fortnight and had to take strong painkillers for a month to help manage the pain in his bruised ribs. In a union backed compensation claim, the employer, whose identity hasn’t been disclosed, admitted liability and settled the claim out of court for £5,350.

Tim Roache from the GMB said: ‘The use of forklifts in this yard was well known and employers need to make sure maintenance includes yards where potholes can cause a serious hazard. Thankfully though unpleasant for our member this accident wasn’t much more serious - he was extremely fortunate.’

Nikki Sharpe from Thompsons Solicitors, which represented the GMB member in the case, added: ‘A simple risk assessment could have avoided this accident from happening in the first place and avoided our client being left with a prominent scar.’