Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Discuss Forklift Accidents

Powered industrial trucks, commonly called forklifts or lift trucks, are used in many work settings to lift, push and stack heavy materials. These powerful machines have become an indispensible piece of equipment in nearly every manufacturing plant, construction site, lumberyard, warehouse and dockyard across America. Unfortunately, they can also be extremely dangerous if proper precautions are not taken. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) estimates that 11% of all forklifts are involved in workplace accidents each year. Many of these accidents cause serious and in some cases fatal injuries. OSHA estimates that roughly 85 people are killed and nearly 35,000 are seriously injured each year in forklift accidents. The most common types of fatal forklift accidents include: ­­Forklift overturns, crushing worker underneath – 42%: Forklifts can have a high center of gravity, making them prone to tipping. Factors that may increase that risk include: speeding; imprope

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