Forklift Injuries on Construction Sites
Forklifts are common on many construction sites. That is no surprise, considering that a forklift makes transporting heavy items around the worksite much easier. With a forklift, a worker can transport a load of bricks or other heavy items that would be inconvenient or even dangerous to carry.
It is also not a surprise that forklift injuries are common on construction sites. These injuries are practically inevitable when an untrained driver operates a forklift or someone fails to maintain the equipment. In some cases, forklift injuries occur due to negligence of the site owner or contractor.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports forklift accidents cause close to 85 deaths per year. Forklift injuries are sometimes non-fatal, but can still cause serious damage. Out of all forklift-related accidents per year, 34,900 cause serious injuries while 61,800 are non-serious.
The manufacturing industry leads the pack in number of forklift injuries per year. Construction runs a close second, followed by wholesale trades, transportation, retail trade and mining.
Forklift injuries can occur when:
– The forklift tips over and crushes a worker
– A worker is pinned between the forklift and a surface
– A worker is pinned between the forklift and another vehicle
– A work is run over or hit by a forklift
– A worker is hit by material falling from a forklift
Construction workers should receive training and authorization from their employer prior to operating a forklift. Some employers allow workers to use a forklift without training them or checking to see if they are qualified to operate the vehicle. A person may know how to drive a car, but that does not mean they can drive a forklift.
If you have a forklift-related injury, then you might have the right to request compensation. Dealing with a personal injury case requires the professional help of a lawyer. Avoid the confusion and frustration of trying to do it on your own and take the help of White Plains Construction Accident lawyers at Marvin A. Cooper, P.C .