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What dangers do forklifts pose?

New Jersey construction site workers like you deal with plenty of dangerous machines, equipment and objects every day. Unfortunately, that comes with some measure of risk. Today, Lieberman, Ryan & Forrest, L.L.C., will examine the risks inherent in the use of forklifts and how they can harm you.

Forklifts are not known for being fast. They are, however, quite bulky and heavy. This makes crush injuries the most common when discussing forklift incidents. But how does a person end up crushed by a forklift? It can happen in many ways. If there is poor visibility, a driver can easily end up striking another worker or even a bystander who is not aware of the danger. Visibility can be affected by weather, the amount of items being carried, and whether or not workers are wearing proper visibility attire.

Forklifts can also tip over, harming the driver and potentially anyone in the area at the time. This usually happens because a worker does not know how to load a forklift properly, leading to a weight imbalance. This is why proper training is so crucially important, and why any worker who operates a forklift should be trained before they do.

Seeking compensation for forklift injuries received in the workplace can be a harrowing experience, especially if you’re dealing with the stress of medical bills and healing at the same time. For this reason, you may want to take a look at our webpage on workers’ compensation, linked here. Having the guidance can make it easier.