Our workplace injury lawyers handling forklift accident cases assist folks who have been injured as well as the families of those killed. If you have been injured or your loved one killed in a forklift accident, you should immediately seek the advice of a qualified personal injury lawyer.
Forklifts can be hazardous in construction jobs where they are used frequently and can cause severe personal injuries and death. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that 85 fatal forklift accidents happen each year. Nearly 35,000 serious injuries occur each year due to forklift use as well as close to
62,000 injuries that are reported as not serious. If an accident has occurred at work due to use of a forklift, an injury lawyer can help receive compensation. The Industrial Truck Association (ISA) reports that there are 855,900 forklifts in the United States. 11 percent of forklifts in the United States cause injury to workers. The ISA also reports that with assuming that there is one injury per forklift, that 90 percent of forklifts in the United States will result in an injury. The average life use for a forklift is 8 years. The workplace with the most fatal forklift accidents is in manufacturing warehouses, with 42 percent of fatal accidents. Construction sites are where the second most fatal accidents occur, with 23 percent. The leading cause of fatal forklift accidents are due to the forklift tipping over and landing on someone. 25 percent of fatal accidents occur because someone is crushed between a forklift and another surface. Workers who are operating a forklift with too heavy of a load are at risk for the forklift tipping over. One mistake that workers commit is jumping off the forklift as it is tipping over. When this is done, the forklift has a greater chance of crushing the worker.
It is always important to remember to keep your seat belt on and stay in the forklift when the forklift tips over. The OSHA mandates training for workers who are required to operate forklifts. Companies should re-evaluate their workers after three years to prevent accidents.
The danger forklifts present can often be overlooked because of their small size compared with other heavy machinery. Forklifts are a common piece of heavy machinery in warehouses, manufacturing plants, industrial facilities and construction sites. The fact that they are such common pieces of heavy machinery can increase that lack of perceived risk. It is all too easy to let one’s guard down around a piece of machinery that is part of your everyday work environment.
Forklifts are very heavy pieces of machinery with small wheel bases and relatively high centers of gravity especially when carrying a load. Common types of forklift accidents include:
- Rolling over
- Striking someone
Key questions after a forklift accident can include:
- Was the driver properly trained?
- Was the forklift properly maintained?
- Was the forklift driver instructed to operate in an unsafe manner by a supervisor?
Does Your Employer Have Workers’ Compensation Insurance?
Pursuing compensation for a forklift accident in Texas means first ascertaining if your employer has workers’ compensation insurance. Many employers in Texas do not. If no workers’ compensation coverage is available, we can help you pursue compensation for your injuries and damages directly from your employer through a personal injury action. If another party such as a subcontractor or maintenance vendor was responsible for the accident, we can help you pursue compensation through a third-party claim against the at-fault party.
If you or a loved one has suffered an on-the-job injury and crushed by a forklift, you need to choose an attorney with the skill and experience necessary to be able to help you obtain the full compensation you deserve. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our forklift accident injury attorneys, call 713-221-6800, toll free at 888-529-0018 or contact us online.