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Forklift Accidents

Forklift Accidents

A forklift
accident is classified as a construction accident that occurs through the use
of a forklift. A forklift is a piece of construction machinery that is used to
both lift and transport heavy objects.

What is a Forklift?

A forklift is comprised of a bed, or palette, that
is affixed to a vehicle, which allows it mobility. Within the cabin of a
forklift sits an operator with access to the controls of both the movement of
the vehicle, as well as the movement of the bed. The bed can be raised,
lowered, extended, or retracted. The earliest incarnations of forklifts
consisted of treated wheels, while the latest modifications to forklifts
consist of streamlined wheel systems that allow for better traction, a smoother
ride, and a heightened center of gravity.

Types of Forklift Accidents

Forklift accidents that involve dropped
objects are some of the most common. These types of accidents can include
objects falling off the bed of the forklift, as well as objects falling as a
result of contact with the bed of the forklift. In many cases, forklift
accidents that result in dropped objects can injure the operator of the
forklift and/or individuals in the perimeter of the dropped object.
Furthermore, dropped objects can cause property damage to the surrounding area,
as well as to the object itself.

Forklift accidents that involve the
tipping or tumbling of the forklift are also quite common. These types of
accidents occur as a result of faulty weight distribution in the scope of the
operation of the forklift. In the event that an object being lifted by a
forklift disrupts the inherent balance of the forklift’s center of gravity, the
force of the object against the bed can cause the forklift to tip or tumble.

Forklift accidents that involve the
puncturing, piercing, or striking of an object are also common accidents. These
types of accidents occur as a result of contact between the bed of the forklift
and another object or individual. There have been a number of reported deaths
as a result of this type of forklift accident.

Forklift accidents that result in the
ejection of the operator have caused a number of deaths as well. These types of
accidents occur as a result of a collision, in which the operator is thrown
from the cabin of the forklift.

Forklift Accident Safety and Recourse

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) requires strict certification measures and safety requirements while
operating a forklift. Operators who have been injured due to negligent work
conditions, faulty machinery, or a hazardous work environment may be eligible for
compensation as a result of any injury or damage sustained as a result of a
forklift accident. The proper training and experience is imperative for those
operating a forklift, and it is the responsibility of any and all foremen to
ensure that these requirements are being met. An attorney specializing in
forklift accidents – or other personal injury cases – will be able to assist in
the assessment of such a matter.