Share This Post
Forklift and Lift Truck Injury
NEW YORK CITY FORKLIFT AND LIFT TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYERS WITH A PROVEN TRACK RECORD
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.
Call immediately to schedule a free initial consultation at 718-897-2211.