Construction workers face many hazards at the construction sites at which they work, including dangers posed by working around powered industrial forklifts. These are designed to lift heavy loads, and they are often necessary to help move materials or dirt at construction sites.
Sit-down forklifts pose specific dangers simply because operators of them are able to lift loads higher than other types of forklifts. This can cause the weight of the forklift to shift and the forklift to then topple. They also pose dangers to other workers from dropped loads.
Forklift operators sometimes cause accidents when they fail to see pedestrian workers on the ground around them. In other cases, forklift operators may accidentally drive off an edge and be seriously injured themselves. It is against the law for any person under the age of 18 to operate a forklift at work. Workers whose jobs will entail driving a forklift must also go through a training and safety course as mandated by federal law. Employers have a duty to maintain a workplace that is relatively free of hazards for their workers as well. Employers should have safety procedures in place. Pedestrian workers should always make certain they are aware of forklifts around them at the construction site as well.
People who are seriously injured in construction worker accidents may suffer permanent disability as a result. Those who are seriously injured may want to consult with a personal injury attorney who can, after a review of the evidence, identify all potential claims and then file the appropriate documents in order to aid the client in the recovery of compensation. Damages may be available to compensate severely injured workers for their medical expenses, ongoing treatment and rehabilitation costs, loss of income and other losses suffered.
Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, “Powered Industrial Trucks – Forklifts”, accessed on Feb. 24, 2015