- Pedestrian impacts caused by operator inattention, fatigue, distracted driving, and carelessness
- Being struck by an object
- Falling loads
- Forklift falling off a dock or trailer
- Workers falling from forks
- Mechanical failures due to poor or infrequent maintenance
- Workers crushed by forklifts
- Trips, slips, and falls
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It isn’t easy or intuitive to safely operate a forklift. It requires significantly more training, experience, and caution than driving other types of vehicles or machinery, and operators must maintain a constant awareness of nearby people and objects.
But all kinds of operator negligence can lead to accidents, including:
- Driving too fast
- Employee horseplay
- Unbalanced or inadequately secured loads
- Improper turning, braking, or other driving conduct
- Backing up when unsafe
- Failing to account for low clearances, narrow corridors, and the presence of other workers
But operators aren’t always responsible when things go tragically wrong with a forklift. Employers have a responsibility to ensure safe forklift use and maintenance and keep a safe work environment, but they often fail to do so by negligently:
- Failing to provide proper training
- Failing to maintain the forklift
- Not adopting and enforcing clear safety rules
- Failing to provide a safe work environment for forklift operation
All these failures can contribute to the many types of accidents involving forklifts that occur every year. Rollovers are one of the most common causes of injuries and deaths. These accidents can be caused by:
- Turning too quickly
- Overweight, uneven, or unbalanced loads
- Abrupt mast movement
- Turning on an incline
- Driving with the load elevated
- Driving on uneven surfaces
Many non-fatal injuries caused by forklift accidents are catastrophic and life-changing, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, and amputations.
More often than not – but not always – workers injured in forklift accidents are limited to workers’ compensation benefits to pay for their medical care and compensate for lost wages while they cannot work.
Unfortunately, the struggles following a debilitating forklift injury often compound when an employer or workers’ compensation insurer challenges an injured worker’s right to benefits. They might assert that the injuries were not caused by the accident, that they aren’t as severe as claimed or otherwise don’t warrant the amount of benefits sought.
If you or a loved one have been injured, contact our forklift injury attorneys to schedule a complimentary consultation.