Tampa Forklift Injuries
Warehouses and construction sites often use forklifts to lift and carry heavy boxes, pallets, and other materials. While forklifts are very useful, they are also very dangerous. When not used properly, they can tip over or cause a load to fall over, which can lead to serious injuries for the forklift operator. In some cases, forklift accidents can even lead to death.
Have you been a victim? If so, workers’ compensation benefits may not be enough. Make sure you understand your legal options. The Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson can help you recover compensation for forklift accidents caused by someone else’s negligence.
Common Injuries From Forklift Accidents
A forklift accident can result in the following injuries:
Head injuries. Falling objects can cause head injuries, especially if operators aren’t wearing hard hats. Operators should wear appropriate gear, even though there is an overhead guard.
Neck and back pain. Poor posture and being in awkward positions can cause forklift operators to suffer pain in the back and neck.
Chronic pain. Vehicle vibration and sitting for long periods can cause a forklift operator to suffer back pain, musculoskeletal issues, and repetitive strain injuries. Stretches can help with this.
Whiplash. This is a common injury when a speeding forklift driver suddenly brakes to avoid a collision.
Crush injuries. These occur when the operator is ejected from the forklift or crushed by the forklift. These situations often result in fatality.
Causes of Forklift Accidents
Forklift accidents can happen in the following ways:
- The forklift operator is speeding and loses control.
- The company is encouraging forklift operators to take shortcuts.
- There is a lack of communication between the forklift operator and other workers.
- The operator is driving the forklift with a load that is elevated or too heavy, disregarding the forklift’s weight limit.
- The operator is carrying an unbalanced load.
- The operator is driving the forklift improperly (such as performing tricks).
- The operator fails to turn or back up properly.
- The forklift operator is tired or overworked.
- There is debris on the ground, causing the forklift to crash.
- The forklift is poorly maintained.
- The company refuses to replace unsafe or defective forklifts.
How to Stay Safe
Employers can help workers stay safe by doing the following:
- Provide safety training to operators.
- Require hard hats.
- Require sturdy gloves for drivers.
- Replace the operator’s seat every three years.
- Provide an anti-vibration seat cushion.
- Removing debris and clutter and creating a safe path for the forklift to travel in the work area.
Contact Us Today
Tens of thousands of forklift accidents happen every year. These accidents often result in serious injuries and can often be prevented.
In many cases, forklift injuries are caused by negligent employers. Make sure you get the compensation you deserve. The Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson can help. Our aggressive team can determine liability. Call 813-251-0072 or fill out the online form to schedule a free consultation.