Did you know that forklifts were the source of 70 work-related deaths in 2021 and 7,290 nonfatal injuries involving days away from work in 2020.
National Forklift Safety Day is celebrated on the second Tuesday of June each year. This year, it falls on June 13, 2023. The day is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of forklift safety and promoting safe forklift operation.
Forklifts are used for carrying and transporting heavy materials in warehouses, distribution centers, and other industrial settings.
Here are some of the most common causes of forklift accidents:
- Operator error: This is the most common and can include things like driving too fast, overloading the forklift, or not being aware of your surroundings.
- Improper maintenance: Forklifts must be properly maintained in order to operate safely. This includes things like regular inspections, repairs, and fluid changes.
- Unsafe working conditions: Forklift accidents can also be caused by unsafe working conditions, including cluttered walkways, poor lighting, or inadequate training.
If you have been injured in a forklift accident, you should seek medical attention immediately. You should also report the accident to your employer and to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries The team of experienced personal injury lawyers at Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smiith, PLLC can help you understand your rights and options. Call 1-877-LAW-LLLS to speak with one of our personal injury lawyers today.