Forklift Accidents Can Lead to Serious Injuries
Forklifts and lift trucks are common pieces of equipment used on many different job sites around the world. When used properly, forklifts can make short work of loading and unloading heavy, difficult containers, pallets, and more. However, sometimes these lift trucks can cause serious injuries if not serviced properly or driven by experienced professionals.
Workers are entitled to a safe workplace. When another's negligence leads to a forklift accident, the injured party should never be the one left holding the bill. There are federal standards in place to ensure the safety of employees at all job sites. If a company violates their duty to keep the workplace safe, then they could be held responsible for any injuries they cause.
OSHA Forklift Safety Standards
The Occupational Safety & Heath Administration (OSHA) has laid out regulations for the operation of forklifts and lift trucks, including:
- All forklifts shall meet design requirements as set forth in the "American National Standard for Powered Industrial Trucks."
- All trucks shall not be modified without the manufacturer's written approval.
- Counterweighting forklifts shall not be done unless approved by the manufacturer.
- All operators must be at least 18 or older to drive a forklift.
- Employers are required to develop and implement a training program for forklifts and lift trucks.
Common Forklift Accident Injuries
When forklift accidents happen, they cause many different types of injuries, including:
Sometimes accidents cause more than just injuries – sometimes they rob us of our friends and loved ones. Losing a family member after an accident is devastating, frustrating, and completely life-changing.
It can be difficult to understand what steps to take and who's responsible. With over 35 years of experience, our law firm is standing by to help you through this difficult time.
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Jobs Associated with Forklift Accidents
Forklifts are mainstays on many job sites, including:
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