Forklift accidents occur often, and could probably have been prevented. Every year, one out of ten forklifts is involved in an accident, and most result in some type of injury or death. There are many reasons for a forklift accident, and the sad reality is many are caused from preventable cases like improper training or improper equipment.
Reasons for forklift accidents
The most common forklift accidents occur because the forklift rolls over on someone, workers fall, someone on foot is hit by it or materials fall on the operator. There are safety regulations in place to prevent these accidents. Unfortunately, not all companies or employees follow them.
The fault may be because the driver isn’t paying attention or following protocol. If the company hasn’t properly trained and certified him, this would be their fault. Supervising or training the employees properly is vital when using heavy machinery.
Regulations are there for a reason, and if they aren’t met, people get hurt. The regulations are as follows:
- The forklift should have an overhead canopy
- The forklift should have lockable brakes
- An employee should not overload the forklift
- The forklift should contain audible warning devices
- Workers should not ride on the forks of the forklift
The canopy will protect the operator from falling objects, brakes will stop it and prevent it from running over someone and the warning devices warn employees of problems. The employee shouldn’t overload the forklift because this can cause it to roll over. Finally, workers shouldn’t ride on the forks because they can be crushed or fall.
New York law states that an individual must be at least 18 years old to operate a forklift. They must also be properly trained and certified and have their operator’s license.
Injuries caused by forklifts
Most forklift accidents are serious and can cause an individual to become permanently disabled. Spinal cord, brain or neck and back injuries are some of the most common types of injuries leaving an individual paralyzed. Broken bones or crushed limbs are also a result.
If you are injured in a New York forklift accident
If you find yourself or a loved one injured in a forklift accident, there are steps you should take. You, of course, should immediately seek medical treatment. Your injuries will be documented at the medical facility which will come in handy later. You should also report the accident to your supervisor who will fill out an incident report. Only speak with your supervisor about the facts until you speak with an attorney.
If you have a cell phone and are able to do so, try to take as many photos as you can. You will want to get photos of your injuries as well as photos of the accident scene. The more photos you have, the better. If there were any witnesses to the accident, get them to write down a brief encounter of what they saw. Be sure to also get their contact information for later use.
We are here to help
You want to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon after the accident as possible. Our company has years of experience in personal injury claims. We know all of the aspects of forklift accidents and the rules and regulations that are set by the state. If these regulations aren’t met and an accident occurs, they could be found at fault. You are already suffering from the accident. You shouldn’t have to deal with the bills piling up and your family doing without because you are out of work. Give us a call today, and let us help you on the road to recovery physically, mentally and financially. Our firm believes in your rights and protection, and we will work diligently to ensure these are met.