Forklifts and lift trucks are common and useful machines at construction sites. As helpful as these machines are, they can cause serious injuries due to misuse of safety gear or improper site maintenance causing an accident. Many accidents involving forklifts are caused by negligence. While operators are required to be properly trained, forklift accidents and injuries are still common. The following are some examples:

  • Struck or run over by forklift/lift truck

  • Forklifts tip overs

  • Forklifts driven by untrained operator

  • Injuries caused by defective forklifts

Forklift Accidents In New York City

Forklifts are legally considered “powered industrial trucks,” and there are many types:

  • Electric Motor Rider Trucks

  • Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks

  • Electric Motor Hand Trucks or Hand / Rider Trucks

  • Internal Combustion Engine Trucks

  • Electric and Internal Combustion Engine Tractors

  • Rough Terrain Trucks

For examples of each type, visit OSHA’s Powered Industrial Trucks Types page. According to OSHA, each type of machine presents its own unique hazards. Studies completed by OSHA have found that the following factors are most likely to cause an accident:

  • Operators without proper training

  • Unreasonable work schedules that require operators to work after they are fatigued

  • Lack of proper forklift maintenance

In many cases, operators themselves are responsible for devastating forklift accidents. But in New York City and elsewhere, federal regulations seek to protect operators from injury. If these laws are not obeyed, negligent employers, subcontractors, and equipment manufacturers can be held accountable for their actions in a court of law.

Our NYC forklift accident attorneys will carefully investigate your accident and determine if your injury was caused by a defective machine or unsafe work practices. Our experienced attorneys have handled both work site injury and third-party claims for injured construction workers. Our firm is ready to help you get the compensation you deserve. 


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