New York City Forklift Accident Attorneys

Dangerous Forklifts Causing Injuries and Death

Many construction workers and employees of warehouses and warehouse stores operate forklifts each day. Powered industrial lift trucks called forklifts are widely used at construction sites, in warehouse operations, and in big-box stores, such as Home Depot and Lowes, etc. They do the heavy lifting of several men. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are nearly 35,000 forklift-related serious injuries and 85 forklift-related worker deaths each year.

If you have been injured in a forklift accident, the NYC personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, we are experienced personal injury attorneys who will fight for your rights if your injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence, defective equipment, or if your employer failed to provide adequate training. Call us at (212) 986-7353 for a free initial consultation.

Federal Law Regarding Forklift Operation in NY

It is a violation of federal law for anyone younger than 18 years old to operate a forklift. Further, it is also a violation of federal law for anyone who is over age 18 to operate a forklift without proper training, evaluation, and certification. Employers must make sure that each operator of a powered industrial truck is competent. This competence must be demonstrated by successful completion of training and evaluation.

What Are the Hazards Associated with Operating Forklifts?

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), each type of powered industrial truck has its own operating hazards. A counterbalanced, sit-down high-lift truck is more likely to be involved in a falling-load type accident because sit-down rider trucks are capable of lifting their loads much higher. Type of work place and conditions make a difference too. Forklifts operated in big-box retail stores have a greater risk of becoming involved in accidents with the public.

11 percent of all working forklifts will become involved in accidents. Consider all the noise on a construction site or in a busy, crowded warehouse environment. Now think about the fact that forklifts are moving and that they weigh a tremendous amount. Types of injury-causing incidents involving forklifts include the following:

  • Forklifts may inadvertently be driven off the edge of loading docks several feet onto the pavement below.
  • Forklifts may fall between loading docks and an unsecured trailer from a tractor-trailer truck.
  • Workers may be struck by a forklift or they may fall while standing on raised pallets.
  • Back-up collisions may occur.
  • Workers may not be spotted and may be run over by forklifts.
  • Workers may be crushed between a forklift and a wall or another surface.
  • Customers in big-box stores may be struck by or run over by forklifts.
  • Operator error may occur due to the fact that proper training may not have been required of the forklift operator. OSHA standards require adequate training, evaluation of that training, and operating experience for all forklift operators.
  • The forklift may not have been regularly maintained and inspected for safety deficiencies and thus contribute to operator injury.
  • Overloading may cause tip over accidents.
  • If construction site forklifts do not have a falling objects protection system, operators may be injured due to falling debris.

Types of Forklift Accident Injuries

Injuries common in forklift accidents include head injuries such as concussions and traumatic brain injuries, fractures, lacerations, injuries to the back, neck/spinal cord injuries, partial paralysis, full paralysis, injuries to internal organs, etc.

Injured in a New York Forklift Accident? What Next?

The New York work injury lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP are here to help when you need an experienced attorney who will fight for the compensation you deserve. You may very likely be entitled to compensation and damages. Call us at (212) 986-7353 to find out about your rights under the law.

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