Forklifts and other types of heavy machinery such as lift trucks, cherry pickers, stock reach stackers, and pallet stackers are often used in warehouses, storage facilities and other businesses throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. However, give the sheer size and weight of this equipment, serious injuries can result whenever an accident occurs.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, on average 100 workers are killed in fatal forklift accidents in the US each year, with a further 20,000 employees suffering serious injuries.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a forklift or other heavy machinery accident in the workplace, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation to cover the cost of accident-related medical expenses, lost income and other costs. Even if you are covered by workers comp, there still very well. Be an avenue available to recover additional compensation.
For a free, no obligation consultation on your situation, please call our board certified Dallas-Fort Worth, TX personal injury and wrongful death attorneys today, toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at either 214-327-8000 or 817-294-1900.
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Common Forklift Accident Scenarios
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 25 percent of all forklift accident fatalities are caused by overturned forklift trucks, making this the leading cause of all forklift accident deaths. Other common forklift accident scenarios and factors include:
- Collisions with other workers or property
- Crushing injuries caused by setting down a load where it was unsafe to do so
- Dropping, falling or shifting loads due to unbalanced or unsafe loads
- Failure to signal warnings to other workers nearby
- Operating a forklift at speed
- Poor visibility
- The forklift tipping over
- Poor operator training
- Poor maintenance of forklift
- Safety procedures either not established or not followed
- Forklift either not suitable or properly equipped for task
In order to ensure the safety of both the forklift driver and all other employees, it is important that forklift operators are properly trained in safe operating and loading techniques. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has specific regulations and rules that workplaces are expected to follow in order to ensure the safety of all of their employees and contractors. Failure by an employer to abide by these rules may allow you to make a claim for compensation.