Non-Employees Injured in Forklift Accidents Have an Advocate
If a defective or carelessly operated forklift causes injury, Kentucky construction accident attorney can protect your rights
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that forklifts cause roughly 85 fatal accidents per year, 34,900 serious injuries and another 61,800 injuries classified as “non-serious.” All told, OSHA continues, at least 11% of all forklifts in the United States will be involved in an accident each year. Most of these accidents will be caused by improper or negligent operation of the lift, although defects in the lift itself will contribute to the total.
Heavy-duty forklifts, also known as lift-trucks, are commonly used at construction sites to unload and transport pallets of materials and large pieces of equipment from delivery trucks and rail sidings. If you are an outside contractor, inspector or business visitor to a construction site, you may be at risk of being injured by a lift-truck whose operator loses control of it. If so, you should seek the counsel of one of Crandall & Pera Law’s Kentucky construction accident attorneys. Depending on the circumstances, there may be more than one type of legal action available to you. From our multiple office locations, our attorneys represent clients in Louisville, Lexington, and throughout Kentucky.
How dangerous are industrial forklifts?
A document published on OSHA’s website, entitled Summaries of Selected Forklift Fatalities Investigated by OSHA, provides details of a number of fatal accidents. It is worth reading as it demonstrates, by the sheer variety of incidents, how hazardous forklifts can be to their operators, to those loading and unloading them, and to other workers nearby. Forklifts improperly loaded have tipped and dropped their loads on bystanders. Defective brakes have caused them to run off loading docks, and crush their operators and others. Loss of steering has caused them to run down others, or crush them between the lift truck and a stationary object. Defective hoses on propane-powered trucks have caused fires and explosions. They have run into chemical storage tanks, propane tanks, steam pipes, electrical conduits, and control panels.
How can a construction accident attorney help me?
An experienced construction accident attorney, when considering the possibility of a workplace injury suit, considers the severity of the victim’s injuries, the way in which they were inflicted, how the causative accident occurred, and who or what was responsible for it. If a defective lift truck caused the operator to lose control and run into a live steam pipe, causing a business visitor to the worksite to be badly scalded, that visitor might bring an action against the construction company for the injury. If the lift truck was leased rather than owned, and the accident was caused by a defect the lessor knew, or should have known existed, they too might be liable. And, if an inherent defect in the equipment was a proximate cause of the accident, the victim might bring a product liability suit against the truck’s manufacturer as well.
Let our Kentucky attorneys help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries
Survivors of forklift accidents may be left with permanent or disabling injuries that limit or prevent future employment and cause serious financial loss. If you are injured, or a loved one injured or killed in a forklift accident while visiting a construction site, you should contact an experienced Kentucky construction accident lawyer at once to protect your rights. Crandall & Pera Law is committed to helping forklift accident victims obtain the settlements they rightfully deserve, including both financial and non-financial losses.
Your forklift injury is important to us. Please call us at 877-686-8879, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced construction accident attorney. We see clients in Lexington, Louisville, and across Kentucky.