Forklifts, also known as lift trucks, are most commonly used in warehouses, factories, and construction sites as a way to easily load and transport heavy materials. Forklift drivers are required to receive proper training to ensure that they are not only safe but that they keep others around them safe as well. Unfortunately, when drivers do not receive this training, accidents and severe injuries can occur.
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Forklifts and OSHA
OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has recognized that forklifts can be dangerous and thus they have enacted requirements in the training and safe operation of these machines. Some of the requirements from OSHA include:
- Operating at a safe speed – Speeding in a forklift can cause the machine to tip over, increasing the risk of injuring the driver and bystanders.
- Starting and stopping – Drivers should watch their blind spots before starting the forklift and always use the brake when stopped.
- Turning, reversing, and inclines – Each of these issues can cause a forklift to tip and extreme caution should be used when a forklift is being used in any of these situations.
- Mounting and dismounting – Workers getting into or out of a forklift can slip and fall.
- Visibility – Poor lighting, lack of safety mirrors, and overloading a forklift can make it difficult for the driver to see and increase the likelihood that they will injure themselves or others around them.
Safety Issues with Forklifts
If a forklift driver fails to follow the safety protocols enacted by OSHA, or they are not properly trained, they can cause serious injuries, which can include:
- Hitting other people
- Crushing injuries
- Imbalanced and/or dropped loads
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 20,000 people are injured every year by forklifts, while an estimated 100 people lose their lives, 25% of which are due to an overturning forklift.
Forklift injuries are often severe due to the size and weight of the forklift itself, or the cargo being transported. Crushing and pinning injuries are typically the most common and severe, leaving victims with a permanent disability, disfigurement, amputations, and death.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to negligence on the job site or a defective product, an experienced personal injury lawyer can review your claim and determine if there were unsafe working conditions, potential OSHA violations, and other hazards that may have existed at the time of your accident. They will also determine who may be liable for your injuries and damages and what compensation you may be entitled to.
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