Forklift operators in the construction industry are at risk of incurring serious workplace injuries. Each year, an estimated 95,000 employees are injured while operating powered industrial trucks. Tragically, approximately 100 employees are killed annually due to forklift accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a forklift accident in the Allentown, Harrisburg, Lancaster, or Philadelphia areas contact our Philadelphia work injury attorneys.
Forklift turnover accidents account for a considerable percentage of worker fatalities. Employers must ensure that forklift operators are aware of the dangers associated with exiting a forklift during a turnover. To prevent fatal forklift injuries, operators must be trained to keep their seatbelt on and stay inside the security of the rollover protective structure (ROPS).
Following are some important safety measures that should be implemented to avoid workplace forklift accidents:
Forklift operators must be at least 18 years old, properly trained and certified, and always wear their seatbelts.
Forklift operators who have operated the truck in an unsafe manner or have been assigned to drive a different type of truck are offered re-training.
Forklift trucks must be properly and regularly maintained including all haulage equipment, brakes, horns, steering, forks, and tires.
Written approval from the forklift’s manufacturer is required to alter the forklift.
Inspect the forklift for damage before use.
Follow the directions for picking up, moving, putting down, and stacking loads.
Abide by the maximum speed limit of 5 mph in work areas. Decrease speed even further if the work area is congested.
Do not allow the forklift truck to be used for any type of “stunts” or “horseplay.”
Abide by the truck manufacturer’s recommended load capacity and do not exceed it. Do not carry elevated loads with the forklift.
Non-operational forklifts must be removed from the worksite.
Verify that the truck’s rollover protective structure (ROPS) is in working order.
Confirm that the reverse signal alarm is working and can be heard above the noise level at the worksite.
Provide proper overhead guards to protect the forklift operator from falling objects.
Forklift trucks left unattended must be secured and properly powered off.
Philadelphia work injury firm of E.S. Borjeson & Associates has experience representing workers injured by forklift accidents. Our experienced Pennsylvania forklift accident lawyers will ensure that your rights are fully protected and that you receive the maximum compensation allowed under the law. Call us or complete our online contact form to speak with one of our qualified Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers