Pascoe Law FirmForklift Injury
Principal office located in Friendswood, Texas.
Available to service League City, Webster, Pearland, Galveston, and the surrounding areas within Texas.
Texas Forklift Injury Lawyer
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics, a report that nearly 100 workers lose their lives because of a fatal forklift accident has occurred. Furthermore, another 20,000 workers were seriously injured every year due to a forklift accident. Often times, a forklift accident could have been avoided if those that were using the device followed safety procedures. A forklift is a piece of industrial equipment which is used to lift heavy objects, for loading large materials on to trucks, and for storage of products. Fork lifts are commonly found in factories, construction sites, warehouses, and chemical plants or oil refineries.
It is important that a forklift diver receive proper training to be safe and to protect against injuring themselves or other workers near the workplace. When forklift drivers fail to receive proper safety training on how to safely operate the forklift or on how to property load objects it is highly likely that a horrific accident will occur. Our Forklift Accident Lawyer represents injury accident victims in Texas . Call our attorney at 713-829-4317.
Common Causes of a Forklift Accident
The leading cause of forklift fatalities is when the forklift overturns. Forklifts overturning account for 25% of the total amount of deaths associated with forklift accidents. Many forklift driers may not be aware of the risks of operating or working near forklifts, are not following the safety procedures within the (OSHA) standards or equipment manufacturer’s guidelines. Additionally, when the proper safety protocols are not followed other common types of forklift injury cases include:
- Falling to warn others near the work area of the forklift use
- Workers who get hit by the forklift
- Dropping heavy loads due to imbalance
- Failing to check the area for other workers
- Workers being crushed from either falling objects or the forklift itself
How to Prevent Forklift Accidents and Injuries
- Mounting and Dismounting– forklift injuries can occur simply from how the worker enters and exits the forklift. Many forklift accident occurs from the worker slipping or falling from the forklift or hitting their head on overhead cage.
- Starting and Stopping– Forklifts just like other large trucks or vehicles have blind spots that make it difficult to see around. It is important to watch for these blind spots when starting and braking. When parking the forklift it is necessary to park the forklift in an appropriate area to do so. Select an area to park. Do not park in an unauthorized area. Make sure not to block an aisle or exits with the forklift and to follow the company’s parking procedures for the forklift.
Steering, Turning, and Reversing– it is important that the when reversing or changing direction that the forklift driver avoids doing so in a manner that could cause the forklift to tip over or cause a collision with a pedestrian. There is an increased risk of having the load become lose and fall during steering, turning and reversing maneuvers.
Visibility– making sure that the forklift driver has proper vision is important. Larger loads can cause blind spots of visibility. A forklift driver needs to use their mirrors and adhere to the safety standards about making sure it is known that a forklift is in use.