Forklifts, also known as lift trucks, are widely used in construction sites, warehouses and factories. The main function of a forklift is to load and transport heavy equipment and materials. Unfortunately sometimes there are accidents on a forklift and that is why forklift accident lawyers exist. Forklift drivers need proper training on how to operate the truck safely, how to load cargo and how to alert others who are within close proximity to the truck so as to prevent accidents that may lead to injuries and even death.
Victims of forklift accidents may be able to recover damages. If you or a loved one has been injured, you can call one of our San Diego personal injury and car accident attorneys to ensure your legal rights are protected and we will take all the necessary steps to get the maximum compensation for your case.
Forklift Safety Issues
Operating a forklift can be dangerous if the driver fails to follow safety guidelines. Here are the most common forklift-related injuries:
- Crushing injuries that have resulted from failure to check the area before setting down a cargo/load.
- Hitting people in the area with the forklift or the load.
- Accidentally dropping the load because the pallets were not placed properly on the forks or the load may not be balanced.
- Failing to warn those working nearby when a forklift is being used.
- Forklift overturns due to steep or uneven grounds, driving with an excessively heavy load, or a poorly balanced load.
Since the forklift is a powerful industrial truck, many of the injuries it causes are severe and sometimes fatal. Being crushed or pinned down by a forklift or its load can result in a permanent disability or death. Every year, 100 workers die due to forklift accidents, while 20,000 more sustain severe injuries, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
OSHA has acknowledged the risks associated with forklifts, and has implemented statutory requirements including training of drivers on how to safely operate the truck.
The agency has also set specific guidelines that workplaces must follow to ensure the safety of their workers. OSHA safety standards also clearly define the hazards involved in the operation of forklifts, as follows:
- Mounting and dismounting. Even getting on a forklift (or getting off it) can cause injury.
- Starting and stopping. The driver needs to be fully aware of his or her surroundings and be watchful of blind spots.
- Operating at speed. The forklift can overturn when being driven at fast speeds and it also increases the risk of hitting other people or property.
- Turning, inclines and reversing. Forklift drivers need to follow safety protocols when maneuvering their truck especially when turning, driving on inclines or when reversing.
- Visibility. Poor visibility is often caused by large loads, lack of mirrors and poor lighting.
Choosing a Forklift Accident Attorney in San Diego
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a forklift accident, you may be able to recover damages for your suffering. At Ozols Law Firm, our lawyers have handled many forklift injury lawsuits and we work very hard to ensure our clients are rightfully compensated.
Let us help you. Our injury attorneys in San Diego city are available any time and we are more than willing to evaluate your case today.