Forklifts have become an indispensable tool in American business. They are large and heavy machines that move heavy pallets and other materials, however, they often injure the employee operating them, or standing close to them. These machines are very dangerous and have safety rules implemented specifically to keep operators and nearby employees safe. Unfortunately, there are injuries and accidents that occur that result in severe impairment and inflict pain and suffering. Over 20,000 workers in the United States suffer serious injury and there are over 100 deaths from forklift-related accidents each year.
The three most common forklift-related fatalities are: 1) forklift overturns; 2) other workers struck by moving forklifts; and 3) falls from forklifts. Among those, forklift overturns are the leading cause of fatalities, leading to one of every four deaths.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has a standard training and evaluation program that all forklift operators must complete before they are can operate a forklift. If an employer chooses not to follow the OSHA guidelines, they can be found negligent. It is the employer’s responsibility to notify untrained and unlicensed employees that forklifts are off-limits. Forklift litigation can be extremely complex due to all these safety regulations.
Most of the time workers are hesitant to contact an attorney in fear of getting fired or being punished by their employer. However, contacting an attorney soon after the injury is your most important move after seeking medical attention, as often companies or employers will try to get rid of a forklift that was involved in an accident. It is imperative to preserve the integrity of the evidence and gather any witness accounts.
A positive, aggressive approach is necessary for these types of injuries. Do not hesitate to speak to us about your case at 512-472-7799.
- Construction Injuries
When working on a construction site, there are many opportunities for accidents and injuries to happen. It is important in any construction injury case to examine the safety standards that apply and that may help establish any negligence that may have led to the accident. There is a long list of injuries and accidents that can occur on a construction site, including but not limited to:
- Trench collapse
- Forklift and man-lift
- Work-site falls and unguarded drop openings,
- Failure to use fall protection
- Unstable construction materials and scaffolding
- Crane accidents
- Falling materials
- Chemical spills or burns
Even though construction sites are, by their very nature, dangerous places to work, that does not eliminate the employer's responsibility to keep employees, contractors and the public safe. And it doesn’t mean you lose your right to justice should you get hurt. It is crucial to work with an attorney who will conduct a proper investigation and evaluate all the evidence to properly pursue your claim.
Contact us at the Todd Law Firm for a free evaluation of your construction case at 512-472-7799.