Workers in many fields are regularly working around or using machines. Many of these machines, such as forklifts, are dangerous and heavy and can cause grievous injury when something goes wrong. Accidents caused by forklifts and other machinery can cause painful and disabling injuries. These accidents often occur due to inadequate training, failure to adhere to safety protocols, or defective machinery.
Forklifts are used in many different occupational fields and are commonly known to be a dangerous piece of equipment. Forklifts are built in a manner that makes them prone to falling over. Thus, forklift accidents are quite common. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, forklift accidents result in about 35,000 injuries and 85 deaths annually. Approximately 25% of those deaths are the result of the vehicle tipping over and crushing operators or nearby workers.
Forklifts may cause injuries in many other ways, as well. They may crash into other vehicles, workers, or shelves. Injuries may be the result of items falling onto nearby workers as a result of forklift crashes. People may be injured by a forklift running over them. There is no shortage of ways forklifts can cause injuries. The injuries caused by forklifts can be extreme, including brain damage, spinal cord injuries, back injuries, or broken bones. Other machines can also be dangerous and cause injuries, such as backhoes, cranes, lifts, and various power tools.
Accidents involving forklifts and other machines can result in serious injuries that lead to hospitalization, surgery, or physical therapy. Many of these injuries that may result in long-term disabilities or require ongoing care. Those who have been injured in such accidents may have lost wages for a substantial period of time or be unable to work at all after the accident. Workers who are injured in forklift or other machine accidents may be entitled to workers compensation benefits. Additionally, they may be able to pursue a claim against a third party for that party’s liability for the accident. Faulty parts or defective equipment can cause accidents and provide a legal basis for a claim against the manufacturer of the machine or the persons or company responsible for maintaining the equipment. If the workers involved in the accident were not properly trained, or if the area was not properly maintained or marked, the individuals responsible may be liable for the injuries sustained.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a forklift or manufacturing accident, you need a Massachusetts forklift attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for the injuries. Additionally, if you have lost a loved one due to a forklift or manufacturing accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation in a wrongful death suit. Contact Attorney Cappetta today for a free consultation. Attorney Cappetta is a Massachusetts forklift attorney who can fight for you.