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Forklift operations and ergonomic injuries

Posted on December 18, 2014 4:47 pm under Construction Accident

Forklifts are important in almost any work site that requires lifting and moving heavy loads. While forklifts offer a convenient materials handling solution in warehouses, freight terminals, construction sites, and other workplaces, it can be the opposite for forklift operators who are constantly exposed to ergonomic injuries due to the intensive and repetitive movements required by their duty.

Within an 8-hour duty, a forklift operator would have to look up and behind when stacking loads. He is also subjected to back pain due to poorly positioned controls. Because of the forklift’s vibration and poor reaction to bumps, an operator may also suffer from other soft tissue injuries to the neck and back.

Sadly, such problems could have been prevented if forklifts were well-maintained and equipped with components intended to mitigate these injuries. Also, forklift manufacturers who fail to ensure that their products are able to minimize jolting and vibration also put operators at risk of soft tissue injuries. If your health has been compromised due to a poorly manufactured or maintained forklift in Milwaukee, consult with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.