Workers Can Be Seriously Injured by Forklifts
May 26, 2015
For that reason, forklift operators and other employees could be at additional risk of an injury if their employer’s training program is not strong. A forklift injury can be very serious; in fact, almost 100 people die in forklift accidents ever year. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Being crushed by a vehicle which has tipped over onto an employee
- Being crushed between the forklift and another surface, including the floor, a wall and another forklift
- Being hit by or run over by a forklift, leading to broken bones, lacerations and bruising
- Having heavy objects fall onto employees after the objects were improperly loaded and/or stored by the forklift
- Falling out of the side of the forklift
- Sustaining whiplash if the forklift slams into an object too hard
Before operating any heavy machinery, your employer is supposed to supply you with proper safety equipment, such as safety harnesses, hard hats, reflective vests and/or goggles. If you were not given the appropriate safety equipment and then suffered an injury at a Philadelphia workplace because of a forklift, you can apply for workers’ compensation benefits. In some cases, you may also be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit for additional compensation.
If you were hurt in a forklift accident, call the Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers of Larry Pitt & Associates. We have helped thousands of people obtain the help they need to recover after a workplace injury. To schedule a free consultation, please contact one of our multiple offices serving clients in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.