Injured? Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
Every year, forklift accidents can cause serious injuries to more than 7000 workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some of these can lead to fatalities. The most common accidents that happen with a forklift include: the machine falling over, pedestrians are struck, falls from the platform, and operators being struck by falling objects. Most of these are preventable, but if you are injured, then you may need a personal injury attorney.
The Safety Features Necessary
According to OSHA, there are different types of forklifts out there, but they should all have the necessary safety features.
Some of these include:
- A rollover protection system
- Fire extinguisher
- Convex mirrors
- Backup alarms
- Seat belts
- Overhead guard
- Warning labels
Who Is At Fault for a Forklift Injury?
Since the injuries from a forklift can be severe, it is important to be careful when used and that operators have proper training. Determining who is at fault for one of these accidents is sometimes a challenge. Your personal injury attorney will help determine who is at fault so you can get the compensation you deserve.
If the operator is not properly trained, the at-fault party could be their employer. If some safety features are not working on the machine, it will depend on whether the operator knew about it or not. If they were told to use the device even with the faulty part, it could be the employer. If the part goes out and no one knew, it could be the fault of the manufacturer. Your attorney can help investigate and determine who is at fault for the claim.
Contact a Robert J. DeBry & Associates Personal Injury Attorney Today!
If you have been injured from a forklift accident, you need a personal injury attorney’s assistance. At Robert J. DeBry & Associates, we are here to help with your personal injury claim.
Contact us today to get started!