In the workplace, employees may face a wide variety of hazards. Some types of accidents, such as falling from a high place while working on a construction site, may be widely recognized as a danger that workers and construction company owners should be aware of, since injuries may lead to litigation. However, there are other hazards that may pose a serious threat to the well-being of workers, such as mishaps involving a forklift. Sadly, forklift accidents have left many workers with severe injuries and have even claimed lives.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are a number of workplace hazards with respect to forklifts. For example, someone operating a forklift may collide with a pedestrian or an object which then falls onto a person as a result. Moreover, it can take a while for a lift truck to come to a complete stop and operators may have difficulty seeing people who are in their blind spots. Furthermore, many of the fatalities that occur as a result of forklift accidents happen when forklifts overturn.
When things go wrong, a forklift accident may leave the operator injured, another worker hurt, or injure someone else who is walking by, such as a customer. When a worker is hurt in a forklift-related accident, it is essential to understand what options are available. Workers’ compensation is helpful for many people in this position, but some may opt for legal action because of injuries they sustained while on the job. Either way, preventing and addressing these accidents is extremely important.