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Understanding the severity of forklift overturn

Posted on December 17, 2014 4:47 pm under Construction Accident

Forklifts are very important for moving loads around storage yards, factories, warehouses, and construction sites. Through a forklift’s hydraulic capabilities, the equipment is able to move around large and heavy storage around almost any worksite.  However, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 100 employees are killed every year and 95,000 are injured because of forklift-related incidents.

A majority of these injuries and fatalities result from forklift turnovers. There are many reasons why a forklift might tip over:

  • Accelerating, braking, or turning too fast
  • Braking or accelerating while down a slope or while cornering
  • Carrying a load down a slope
  • Collision
  • Driving around an unsafe ground, i.e. uneven ground or worksite full of potholes
  • Lifting loads with weight beyond its lifting capacity

Forklift overturns can be a result of another worker’s recklessness, an equipment failure, or employer negligence. If the forklift accident that you were involved in was another party’s fault, consult with a personal injury attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to learn about the legal action you might take in pursuit of compensation. Call our Wisconsin office at (414) 271-0900 today.