Forklift injuries and accidents

Forklifts are heavy, powerful machines that can lift thousands of pounds at a time. Under the wrong circumstances, they can become unsafe. As a result, OSHA enforces strict guidelines for those operating them. Failure to follow guidelines can result in catastrophic injuries such as blunt force trauma, spine, brain, and crushing injuries, partial or full paralysis, and even death.

Forklifts need to be checked on a regular basis. A damaged, unstable, or unusable machine greatly increases the risk of injury occurring. A hazardous workspace can also be dangerous, as it can be hard to see while operating a forklift. Navigating with a large load can be tricky. Errors such as not using a horn as required, exceeding maximum weight, carrying an unstable load, not maintaining distance from ledges, and speeding can greatly increase the likelihood of an industrial accident.

Contact an experienced injury lawyer

Not only can the operator hurt themselves, but they can hurt anybody around them. If you or a loved one were harmed as a result of a forklift accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Our personal injury attorneys are well-equipped to assist in your fight for reimbursement! Contact The Licatesi Law Group at 516-227-2662 for a free consultation.