Forklifts and forklift trucks are not only great ways to move materials across a workplace, they’re also a great way to reduce injuries. They save lots of back injuries and other injuries associated with lifting and moving items. But forklifts also cause thousands of accidents each year. Some of these injuries and accidents include:
Some of the failures are because of faulty operation of the forklift. Other accidents happen because the workplace is not properly set up. Obstructions, narrow passageways, doors that are smaller than the forklift, ramps and unsafe loading docks can also contribute to accidents.
Forklifts should be properly inspected. The proper amount of the load (not too heavy, not too wide) should be properly reviewed before the forklift transfers a load. Forklift operators should be trained in proper techniques. The usage of a forklift should be communicated to other employees and pedestrians.
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations should be reviewed and complied with. Tires and fluid levels should be examined as should the brakes, horns, and any areas where there could be leaks.
Forklift injuries can be serious. They can result in broken bones, nerve damage, back problems, and more. If you’ve been injured in a forklift accident, you may have a NC or VA workers’ compensation claim. You may have a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the forklift. It’s best to seek legal attention promptly to protect your claim and to protect other employees and pedestrians by making sure the bad forklift isn’t used and the causes for the forklift accident are addressed.
If you were injured in a forklift accident, contact the Norfolk legal team at Joe Miller Law, Ltd., by calling 888-694-1671 for a free consultation. Our team will review your case, explain your rights, and fight to help you secure the compensation you need.