Dangerous / Unsafe Condition in Workplace: Fork Lifts
OSHA estimates that there are almost 350,000 forklift accidents a year that result in serious injuries, 85 forklift accidents result in fatalities, and another 61,800 results in non-serious injuries. Of the 85 deaths caused a year by forklifts, it is estimated that 42% were caused by the forklift tipping over, and 25% by someone being crushed between two surfaces. In this article, we will be discussing what some of the Cal/OSHA regulations are in regards to forklift operations and what the general obligations are for workplace safety that applies to forklifts. We will also cover whether or not you can bring a claim for serious and willful misconduct from a forklift injury and how to report a safety violation regarding a forklift operation.
As Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Attorneys, we are confronted with employees that have suffered serious injuries in the workplace by forklifts, usually from them tipping or from being crushed. This article only touches on a few of the many regulations that apply to forklifts. If you have been injured as the result of the use of a forklift, please contact one of our Sacramento workers’ compensation attorneys for a free consultation.