Though forklifts are a common sight in construction and manufacturing, they also involve a significant risk of injury. Common causes of forklift accidents include:
- Operating a forklift in unsafe driving conditions—Frequently, forklifts are used in congested areas or in situations where there is limited visibility. In addition, there may be debris or obstructions in a pathway, or the ground may not be level.
- Falling objects—On construction sites, falling objects, such as tools or building materials, can cause serious injury to a forklift operator.
- Tipovers—If a forklift is overloaded, or if the driver takes a turn too sharply, the forklift can roll over, injuring the driver or bystanders.
- Failure to use due caution—Many forklift injuries are caused by operator negligence. This includes failing to use or disabling automatic signal alarms or flashing warning lights.
- Product liability—A forklift may not be designed with proper safety features, or the manufacture of the forklift or its components may be substandard.
- Failure to maintain a forklift—Often, safety features such as seatbelts or compartment doors (on stand-up forklifts) are not properly maintained and are no longer functional, leading to significant risk to operators and bystanders.
- Falls from loading docks—Without proper communication, a truck being loaded may pull away from a loading dock prematurely, causing a forklift to fall to the pavement below.
If you have been injured in a forklift accident, the first thing you need to do is get the medical care you need. It is also important to quickly identify all potential witnesses, and get contact information from them.
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