A forklift is a multipurpose and efficient machine involved in many aspects of the workplace. Millions of forklifts are in use each day and they contribute to the hazards that may result in severe property damage, injuries, or even death. Forklift accidents account for many thousands of severe injuries and a large number of deaths each year in the United States.
The following is the percentage of forklift accidents broken down by category:
The following factors can contribute to a forklift accident:
The following factors reduce the risk of a forklift accident:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) maintain a variety of measures that govern the use of forklifts for companies that fall under federal jurisdiction. Individual states over the years have developed State Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans as well.
OSHA requires forklift operators to be 18 years if age or older and to be properly trained. OSHA has specific training requirements that the forklift operator must satisfy. The specific training requirements vary depending on whether the forklift operator is loading and unloading product, is working with hazardous materials, or is performing maintenance on the forklift.
An experienced construction attorney can help a victim of a forklift accident to determine what legal course of action to take. In addition, an attorney can help with the discovery process to see what safety measures were being undertaken by the employer at the time of the accident, and if those measures met the requirements of OSHA or State law.
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