In the workplace, forklifts — while useful — represent a serious hazard to both driver and bystander employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that in the United States alone, roughly 35,000 incidents and 100 fatalities associated with forklift use occur annually, making up over 15% of total workplace accidents.
Despite the fact that forklifts are — statistically speaking — a significant danger to employees (even in a controlled workplace environment), the unfortunate reality is that Fort Lauderdale businesses often fail to invest adequate time, money, and energy into forklift safety measures for the benefit of their employees.
If you have been injured in a workplace forklift accident, you may be entitled to recover damages for your various injuries. Fort Lauderdale forklift accident lawyer David I. Fuchs has nearly three decades of experience defending accident victims like you and can help you get the compensation you deserve.
A forklift is essentially a moving heavy machinery platform, and as such, employees working with or near forklifts are exposed to quite a wide variety of risks. Forklift accidents include but are not limited to situations where:
Forklifts are complicated to operate correctly. They are often forced to navigate through tight spaces and environments full of object collision risks, and further, they must do so while carrying heavy cargo. Given these complications, there is a rather high probability that the driver (or another employee) will be exposed to an unreasonable danger.
Generally speaking, injuries resulting from a forklift accident tend to be serious. Forklifts accidents — which often involve heavy cargo — may result in neck and back injuries, spinal injuries, crushing injuries, brain damage, paralysis, severe emotional distress, and of course, the accumulated pain and suffering that derives from such injuries.
Forklift accidents often result from the employer’s negligence: 1) in failing to adequately train forklift drivers, loaders, and various other employees to ensure that the forklift is operated safely in the workplace environment, and 2) in failing to properly maintain the forklift or replace an older forklift fraught with mechanical issues. Employers must exercise reasonable efforts to ensure that employees are trained to operate forklifts and work safely around forklifts, and must invest resources into maintaining their fleet of forklifts. Further, employers should make efforts to keep the workplace free of potential collision hazards for forklifts. Failure to do so will almost certainly expose employees to a heightened risk of injury.
If you have been injured due to a forklift accident at work, you may qualify to receive workers’ compensation benefits pursuant to Florida law. Your workers’ compensation claim is much more likely to be successful, however, if you work with an experienced forklift accident attorney.
David I. Fuchs is an attorney with nearly 30 years of experience litigating workplace accident cases for clients located in Fort Lauderdale and across the state of Florida. David has dedicated his career to providing high-quality, aggressive advocacy, and he has successfully represented clients who have been involved in forklift accidents in the workplace.