Forklift Accident Lawyer
Injured in a forklift accident?
Forklift trucks have proved to be an invaluable part of reducing worker
load by assisting in the transport of materials across the workplace.
The use of forklifts has helped reduce common musculoskeletal injuries
that are caused by repetitive lifting and carrying activities. Unfortunately,
improperly maintained or operated forklifts cause a large number of accidents
in the workplace. According to
OSHA estimates, approximately 680,400 forklift accidents take place each year.
These result in injuries to approximately 9,000 employees, most of whom
are pedestrian workers.
Some common forklift accidents include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Employees struck by falling load
- Employees struck by powered forklifts
- Forklift tip over
- Falls from forklift
Often, forklift accidents take place because of improper design of the
workplace. Narrow aisles, blind spots, presence of building columns, poor
turning radius, intersection or door obstructions, the presence of ramps,
and the condition of the loading dock can all contribute to an inefficient
and unsafe workplace that can lead to forklift accidents.
Prevention of Forklift Accidents
A forklift load may be too heavy, may be unstable, or may obstruct vision,
creating conditions for an accident. The forklift truck itself may be
in poor condition because of inadequate maintenance. Mechanical failures
like malfunctioning brakes and clutch can create unsafe driving conditions
for the forklift operator and can endanger other workers.
Without adequate training in safe forklift operation, a forklift operator
may adopt poor techniques such as dangerous turning and backing methods,
improper parking, and failure to warn others about the presence of the
forklift nearby. Miscommunication between operators and pedestrian workers
while a forklift is in operation can also lead to collisions.
If you are looking to prevent such an accident, the following tips should
be kept in mind:
- Any safety devices on the forklift must be sufficient and properly functioning;
- Controls and displays must be well laid out and visible.
- The forklift must include all extra tools and accessories that are necessary
for safe operation;
- Assignment of forklift operators should be done to ensure forklifts are
handled only by trained operators;
- Many accidents can be prevented if OSHA requirements related to forklift
operation are followed;
- While the forklift is in operation, the operator must look for signs of
potential dangers (ex:sparks and flames);
- Any defects must be repaired before the forklift is put into operation;
- Employers must undertake preventive maintenance of the forklift per manufacturer
- The workplace must be kept free of obstructions that impact visibility
or affect safe operation of the forklift.
Contact an industrial accident lawyer soon!
If you were involved in a forklift accident, you simply do not have the
luxury of taking your time. You will likely need immediate medical attention
followed by swift legal action. For help in approaching the claim process
and ensuring that your rights are protected to the full extent of the
law, do not hesitate to talk to an
industrial injury attorney from our legal team as soon as possible. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we
have shown that we can trusted in even the most complex of litigation.
Should you choose to work with us, you will be able to rest easier knowing
that you will have an advocate on your side that is fully prepared to
go the distance in their efforts to defend your legal rights.
Do not hesitate to
contact a forklift accident attorney from our firm today to schedule your initial case evaluation.