OSHA provides forklift safety in the workplace on their website. Safely operating a forklift requires awareness of the conditions at your workplace. You must be aware of physical conditions, co-workers, narrow aisles, and ramps or loading docks. Your employer is responsible for making sure the workplace is a safe environment. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a forklift accident in NJ, seek representation of a seasoned NJ forklift accident lawyer.
What to Do After Forklift Accident in New Jersey
From lost wages during recovery to the monetary impact of partial or permanent disability, forklift accidents can have serious consequences. If you have been injured on the job due to a forklift, you should do the following immediately:
- Seek medical attention to address injuries sustained during the fall
- Document any suspected OSHA or BOCA violations for your legal team’s use
- Talk to an expert forklift accident attorney ASAP to review your legal rights
Hazard: Approximately 100 employees are fatally injured and approximately 95,000 employees are injured every year while operating powered industrial trucks. Forklift turnover accounts for a significant number of these fatalities.
- Train and certify all operators to ensure that they operate forklifts safely.
- Do not allow any employee under 18 years old to operate a forklift.
- Properly maintain haulage equipment, including tires.
- Do not modify or make attachments that affect the capacity and safe operation of the forklift without written approval from the forklift’s manufacturer.
- Examine forklift truck for defects before using.
- Follow safe operating procedures for picking up, moving, putting down and stacking loads.
- Drive safely–never exceed 5 mph and slow down in congested or slippery surface areas.
- Prohibit stunt driving and horseplay.
- Do not handle loads that are heavier than the capacity of the industrial truck.
- Remove unsafe or defective forklift trucks from service.
- Operators shall always wear seatbelts.
- Avoid traveling with elevated loads.
- Assure that rollover protective structure is in place.
- Make certain that the reverse signal alarm is operational and audible above the surrounding noise level.
Millions for Injured Clients
Gill & Chamas have helped those who have been injured in serious forklift accidents or their families for over 25 years. Here is a sample of the top settlements/verdicts in forklift accidents handlded by the attorneys at Gill & Chamas.
- $18,850,000 – A man was killed in a construction-site accident while he was standing next to a forklift when a backhoe reversed and crushed him between the two machines. The New Jersey Jury Verdict Review and Analysis stated that this Morris County case is one of the largest monetary settlements for the death of an unmarried man with no children in the history of the state.
- $5,000,000 – A man was repairing a forklift at a construction site when he was hit by another forklift that was in operation. The plaintiff suffered serious injuries and has been declared permanently disabled.
- $3,400,000 – A man working at a warehouse in Newark, NJ fell 35-feet from a boom lift to the ground. His lift got tangled with another lift and he died a short time after the fall.
- $2,350,000 – A man was struck by a forklift while doing business at a landscaping supply yard in Monmouth County.
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