When working with and around heavy equipment, workers need to be extra careful. Injuries caused by these machines are often severe and sometimes deadly. However, no matter how careful, and what safety precaution the victim takes, sometimes the matter is out of his hands. When operating a powerful machine such as a forklift, the risks are high. These machines are often used to lift heavy materials and objects to a higher shelf or platform. However, the load, and therefore, the machine, becomes extremely unstable in the process and can roll over, injuring both the operator and the people in proximity. Nonetheless, risks can always be minimized by adhering to proper safety measures:
- Appropriate training. The operator must be licensed and needs to have sufficient experience working on that specific type of forklift.
- Maintenance. All equipment for the workplace needs to be regularly checked in order to make sure the machine is safe to use.
- Proper supervision. Workers need to be properly supervised and supervisors have to make sure they adhere to safety regulations and procedures.
- Safe workspace layout. Materials and tools have to be stacked in a way that allows vehicles and heavy equipment like forklifts to move around safely.
Typically, injuries occur in these situations:
- Heavy load on the forklift causing the cargo to fall, or the machine to roll over
- Workers being hit, either by the forks, or when backing up
- Lack of maintenance leading to equipment failure
- Defective products
- Crashing into merchandise stacks causing them to fall on the operator or other workers
Either through proper training, equipment maintenance, or adequate supervision, most forklift accidents can be prevented. If you have been injured in a construction site accident, personal injury lawyers John M. O’Brien and Grant Zehnder can help you seek financial compensation for your injuries and losses. Call us today at 916.714.8200 and schedule your free consultation.