In industrial workplaces, it is common for there to be heavy machinery, such as cranes, forklifts, bulldozers, and tractors. While this machinery undergoes testing and safety regulations, it is often the cause of workplace accidents. From operator error to equipment malfunctions, accidents can result from a variety of incidents. In a recent study, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor recorded over 4,000 fatal work injuries in a single year. The dangers of the industrial and construction workplaces continue to raise concerns from organizations like OSHA, aiming to protect our nation's workers.
There are a variety of injuries that can occur from heavy machinery accidents, such as:
- Back Injuries
- Crushing Injuries
- Amputation Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Loss of Limb
- Blunt Force Trauma
Many workers who suffer these types of injuries are unable to work for an extended period of time—in some cases, permanently. When employers fail to properly train machinery operators or regulate the functionality of equipment, it can result in serious consequences for workers.
Accidents Involving Cranes & Forklifts
Some of the most accident-prone machines include cranes and forklifts. These machines are often found in the workplace and can cause severe injuries to workers if used incorrectly. For example, if a crane is on an unstable platform, the operator and workers in the area can be in serious danger. Crane boom collapses, tip overs, and load accidents make construction zones extremely hazardous. Similarly, forklifts can be the cause of serious accidents; for example, forklift tip overs, falling debris, or collisions with other employees.
Even if a worker's job is risky, it is an employer's responsibility to ensure the workplace is safe and all operators understand how to properly use equipment. The safety devices on all types of heavy machinery should be regularly checked and monitored to guarantee that all workers are protected against malfunctions or preventable accidents. Every employee has the right to defend their well-being and overall safety in their working environment. If employees suffer serious injuries during a crane, forklift, or other type of machinery accident, they are likely able to pursue financial compensation for their incident.