The Expert Attorneys for Forklift Accidents in Orange County, CA
Construction workers have the second-most dangerous job in America. Every year, 10% of all construction workers are injured on the job, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Construction site accidents commonly involve heavy machinery and injuries from falling objects, and many of these accidents involve forklifts. While forklifts are important in many industries, their design makes them prone to tipping which can cause injury to operators and nearby workers.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a forklift accident, an Orange County personal injury attorney can help you protect your rights while seeking compensation to help you recover and pay your medical bills.
Causes of Forklift Injuries in Orange County
It is important for all employers, general contractors, sub contractors and supervisors to fully train all employers and workers who will be using a forklift on the proper way to use that specific model and type of forklift. There needs to be training on maintenance, safety techniques, personal safety equipment usage and how to safely operate one in small or tight spaces. Some of the main causes for injuries from forklifts are from:
- Forklifts tipping over from carrying too heavy a load,
- Forklifts colliding with shelves, people, other equipment and trucks,
- Forklifts being overloaded,
- Forklifts operators not using seatbelts, caution, and horns,
- Forklifts operators being drunk,
- Forklifts being driven with platform elevated,
- Forklifts going too fast, forklift going uphill or downhill without proper technique,
- Forklifts’ load shifting or falling off, pallet breaks, pallet collapses, and
- Products or equipment falling over while the forklift is raising up.
In general, the forklift is a dangerous machine and needs to be taken seriously and always properly maintained by the employer.
Forklift Accident Liability in Orange County, CA
Forklift operators require specialized training and experience to safely operate a forklift as these machines are prone to tipping and must be loaded in a very precise way. Most forklift accidents are caused by improper use. Regardless of who was at fault for the accident, you can receive workers’ compensation benefits if your accident occurred on the job.
If a third party’s negligence or a faulty forklift contributed to your injury, you may have a third party personal injury claim in addition to your workers’ comp claim. This may be the case if the accident was caused by a poorly designed forklift that did not have safety features, for example.
Contact an Orange County Forklift Injury Attorney Today
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a forklift accident due to an equipment defect or negligence or you have been seriously hurt and need to file a claim for workers’ comp benefits, Rawa Law Group will help you explore your options and protect your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced forklift accident attorney in Orange County, CA who will help you learn more about your rights.
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