Forklifts are common work machines that Texas residents may see in warehouses, construction zones, and other industrial areas. While they can be relatively small, forklifts are powerful vehicles that can lift heavy loads and carry them over substantial distances. It is when individuals make poor choices and careless mistakes in the presence of forklifts that they can become dangerous workplace tools.
Forklifts are involved in workplace accidents each year and have been known to cause serious injuries and deaths. Forklifts have caused serious harm when they were operated in reverse and struck pedestrians behind them. They have also caused deaths when they have tipped over and crushed workers who were near them when they fell.
Forklift drivers are subject to safety and operational training to ensure that they know how to responsibly drive and use the features of the forklifts that are at their work sites. It is sometimes the mistakes and ignorance of forklift drivers and operators that lead to the incidents that put victims in the way of harm.
Forklifts can hit victims that are in front of them or behind them, can strike them with the loads that they carry, can crush victims when they tip over or drop their loads, and can inflict harm on victims on other damaging ways. Employers that use forklifts on their work sites should be cognizant of the dangers that they present and the steps that they can take to prevent forklift injuries and deaths. Victims of forklift accidents may always choose to discuss their injuries and losses with personal injury attorneys who may advise them of their options under the law.