In warehouses, industrial factories, and construction sites across New York City, men and women operate forklifts on a routine basis. In many lines of work, these machines are entirely necessary. They perform the labor of multiple men, while requiring only one operator.
But forklifts are also complicated pieces of machinery, and numerous workplace accidents occur every year due to their malfunction and improper operation. In fact, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that forklifts cause approximately 34,900 serious injuries and 85 deaths each year.
New York City Forklift Accidents
Were you injured in a forklift accident? If your injuries were caused by another party’s negligence, faulty equipment, or an employer’s failure to properly train employees, you may be entitled to compensation.
Unfortunately, New York State’s Workers Compensation System makes it exceedingly difficult for injured workers to receive the funds they deserve. Many insurance companies will even try to pin the blame on workers themselves, rather than searching for negligence elsewhere.
Injured construction workers in New York City turn to the experienced personal injury attorneys at Banville Law for guidance and thorough advocacy. With decades of experience, our construction accident lawyers have fought for valuable compensation, covering medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more. Injured forklift operators deserve trusted legal counsel. They deserve Banville Law.
Types of Forklift Accidents
Forklifts are legally considered “powered industrial trucks,” and there are many types:
- Electric Motor Rider Trucks
- Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks
- Electric Motor Hand Trucks or Hand / Rider Trucks
- Internal Combustion Engine Trucks
- Electric and Internal Combustion Engine Tractors
- Rough Terrain Trucks
For examples of each type, visit OSHA’s Powered Industrial Trucks Types page. According to OSHA, each type of machine presents its own unique hazards. Even so, studies have found that the following factors are most likely to cause an accident:
- Operators without proper training
- Unreasonable work schedules that require operators to work after they are fatigued
- Lack of proper forklift maintenance
In many cases, operators themselves are responsible for devastating forklift accidents. But in New York City and elsewhere, federal regulations seek to protect operators from injury. If these laws are not obeyed, negligent employers, subcontractors, and equipment manufacturers can be held accountable for their actions in a court of law.
Injury and Negligence Laws In NYC
Many injured forklift operators assume responsibility for the accidents that have left them injured. But in some circumstances, even those operators who caused a forklift accident are entitled to compensation.
Due to the intrinsic danger in operating a forklift, there are several federal regulations limiting or prohibiting their use under certain circumstances. Primary among these is that all operators must be properly trained, evaluated, and certified. If your employer failed to meet these requirements, and you were injured in an accident, they can be held liable for negligence.
Our lawyers will pursue every avenue for compensation.
- Did your employer instruct you to operate equipment without proper training?
- Were you struck by a forklift that was operated by someone under the age of 18?
- Was your machine improperly maintained?
These are all violations of federal law. By contacting our personal injury lawyers, you can hold those responsible accountable and recover with peace of mind.
Find Out If A Personal Injury Attorney Could Help You
The experienced lawyers at Banville Law are dedicated to representing New York City’s injured workers. They have experience representing residents of all boroughs and counties of New York City, from Brooklyn to Staten Island. If you were injured, you do not need to suffer in silence. Contact our attorneys today and begin pursuing the justice you deserve.