Attention New York Construction Workers: How Your Employer Should Protect You From Forklift Dangers

One hundred construction workers die and approximately 95,000 construction workers are injured every year by industrial trucks in the United States. According to OSHA, a significant number of these fatalities and injuries are caused by forklift accidents.

On average, we lose a construction worker in a forklift accident every 3 -4 days and more than 260 construction workers are injured by forklifts every day. Many of these accidents occur because of forklift rollovers, though other types of accidents are also possible. Yet, employers could have prevented many of these forklift fatalities and injuries by following applicable OSHA regulations.

OSHA Requires Employers to Take Certain Forklift Precautions

If you have been hurt, or if you have lost a loved one, in a construction forklift accident, then it is important to contact a New York accident attorney who will thoroughly investigate your case. As part of your lawyer's investigation, your lawyer will try to determine whether your employer complied with OSHA forklift requirements, such as:
  • Conducting regular pre-operation and operation safety checks
  • Ensuring proper training of all forklift operators
  • Properly maintaining equipment
  • Not modifying forklifts without manufacturer approval
  • Promoting a safe workplace, including slow operation of forklifts and appropriate alarm and emergency systems

These requirements exist to protect construction workers. When employers purposefully or negligently fail to comply with these requirements, accidents, significant injuries and fatalities may occur.

Contact a New York Accident Lawyer if you've Been Injured

While OSHA may conduct its own investigation of your accident, you need an advocate who is solely focused on your recovery. An experienced New York construction accident attorney wants to help you recover to the greatest extent the law allows.

For more information about your rights and your potential recovery, please call a New York construction lawyer at 1-800-PAGAN-911 today for a free and confidential consultation.

*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA, Worker Safety Series, Construction, OSHA Pocket Guide
OSHA 3252-05N 2005

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