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One of the most common types of on the job accidents at industrial or construction sites are forklift accidents. These accidents are often the result of poorly trained operators, or negligent operation, such at improper backing techniques, improper turning, inadequate warnings to others that a forklift is in operation nearby, poor communication during shared tasks, and fatigued operators. Accidents can also be caused by poorly maintained forklifts, malfunction of steering, brakes or other component forklift functions, inadequate or malfunctioning safety devices, such as back-up alarms, and “blind spots” or obstructions to the operator’s view.
Accidents can be the fault of operators, employers or other contractors, or a defective or malfunctioning forklift. Those responsible can include contractors, subcontractors, or even manufacturers, suppliers, or rental companies who sell, rent, service or maintain the equipment. Remedies can include claims for workers compensation benefits as well as claims for personal injury or wrongful death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a forklift accident, call CGWC for a free consultation.