Forklifts are an important part of the construction industry, capable of moving thousands of pounds quickly and efficiently. While forklifts are invaluable, they can also be dangerous, especially when they are not maintained properly in an attempt to cut corners and save money. Employers are responsible for providing a safe work environment for their employees; when they fail to do so, accidents occur.
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Forklift Maintenance Issues
Forklifts are a complex machine and a multitude of issues can occur rendering a forklift dangerous. Poor maintenance practices such as underinflated tires, a leaking hydraulic system, broken forks, and faulty brakes are just a small example of maintenance issues that can put forklift operators at-risk for accidents and injuries, especially when these employees are deterred from reporting issues or they are forced to work with machinery that is hazardous.
Typical Forklift Accidents
If a forklift is improperly maintained, serious accidents can occur. The most common types of forklift accidents due to poor maintenance practices include:
- Falling objects – Loads shifting while the forks of a forklift are elevated can fall and crush the forklift operator and/or bystanders. Faulty hydraulics or broken forks can cause the forklift to fail in stabilization.
- Tipovers/rollovers – Poorly inflated tires and faulty hydraulics can cause a forklift to tip as it raises or lowers its load due to shifting weight.
- Crushing – Forklifts are required to have safety mechanisms in place to protect the forklift operator. When this “cage” is not maintained, an operator can be crushed in a rollover or when objects fall from the forklift forks.
- Repetitive use injuries – Forklifts have repetitive vibrations that can damage the muscles, nerves, and tendons of forklift operators.
- Defective design/manufacturing – If a forklift is designed and/or manufactured in a defective manner, the designer, manufacturer, and anyone involved in the chain of distribution of the defective product could be held liable for any injuries and damages their product caused.
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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