Forklifts are commonly used in many industries and there are more than 1 million forklifts in operation in the United States, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Due to factors such as overloading, driver error, improper maintenance, and incorrect loading, forklift accidents account for a significant portion of workplace injuries and fatalities each year. In the United States, 1 out 6 workplace fatalities are forklift related and 110,000 forklift accidents occur each year.
Those working in industries where forklifts are more prevalent, such as construction or manufacturing, may be at a higher risk for being injured in a forklift accident. When that happens, the injured worker may have options for compensation that a team of qualified Houston personal injury attorneys, such as ours at The Krist Law Firm, P.C., can explain.
One of the most common type of forklift accident involves someone being crushed by a forklift tipping over. Other common types of forklift accidents involve being crushed between the forklift and a surface, being struck or run over by a forklift, being struck by falling material from a forklift, and falling from the platform on the forklift.
Operators can also be injured when thrown from the seat of a forklift, which is why wearing a seat belt and the proper safety equipment is essential. Some of the nonfatal injuries that can result are broken bones, head and brain trauma, nerve damage, electrocution, or spinal cord injuries.
According to OSHA, 70 percent of forklift accidents could be avoided with the proper training and safety procedures. The most common causes of forklift accidents include an improperly trained operator, speeding, elevated loading, operating a forklift with an elevated load, turning too quickly, insufficiently marked forklift zones, allowing an additional employee to ride on the forklift, and unsafe workplace design.
Some things that can be done to prevent forklift accidents include making sure that the load is balanced and at the appropriate elevation level, slowing down when making turns, using appropriate precautions when on an uneven or sloping surface, observing the appropriate speed, remaining alert while driving, yielding the right of way to pedestrians, and ensuring that the platform is secure.
One small mistake during the operation of a forklift can lead to catastrophic or even fatal injuries. Likely, improperly maintained or faulty equipment could lead to a forklift accident. If you or your loved one has been injured in a forklift accident, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. for help.
Our Houston area personal injury lawyers carefully investigate the factors involved in your work accident and determine your best legal options. The Houston personal injury lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. offer a thorough knowledge of the law and compassionate representation of injured workers and their families. Schedule a free individual consultation with a knowledgeable Houston forklift accident lawyer today by calling The Krist Law Firm, P.C. at .