Forklift Accidents

Forklift Accident Lawyers in Charleston

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Developed in the early 20th century, forklifts have become indispensable pieces of equipment in manufacturing and warehouse operations. In 2013, nearly 1 million forklifts were sold worldwide.

Although popular in manufacturing and warehouse operations, forklifts (also referred to as forklift trucks, lift trucks, jitneys, or fork trucks) may be used at mining sites, in retail, at construction sites, and even in large hotels where goods are regularly dropped off. As more and more industries turn to powered industrial trucks, improper use of these vehicles is becoming more commonplace.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 100 workers are killed each year in forklift-related incidents. Additionally, about 20,000 workers are seriously injured. About 1 in 6 workplace deaths is forklift related. Of all machinery, including drilling machines and cranes, forklifts are the most common cause of fatalities.

If you were injured in a forklift accident, The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm is here to help. We represent victims of forklift accidents and the families of those who have lost their lives in these incidents, seeking workers’ compensation and other benefits to which they may be entitled. With our experience in personal injury, workers’ compensation, and product liability matters across Central and Southern Illinois, we are confident in our ability to take whatever approach is best for you and your family.

Call our Charleston, IL forklift accident attorneys at (217) 394-5885 for a free review of your case.

Types of Forklift Accidents

It is estimated that 90% of forklifts will be involved in some type of accident during their “lifespan”. In the United States, more than 11% of forklifts will be involved in an accident each year.

Some common types of forklift incidents include:

  • Vehicle overturn
  • Worker on foot struck by forklift
  • Victim crushed by forklift
  • Fall from forklift

According to the CDC, forklift overturns and workers on foot being struck by forklifts are the most common type of accidents that lead to fatalities.

Causes of Forklift Accidents

In 1999, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed the Final Rule for Powered Industrial Truck Operator Training, which set a standard for operator training and licensing. OSHA requires that drivers be at least 18 years of age.

In addition to lack of experience, potential causes of forklift accidents include:

  • Vehicle malfunction
  • Lack of training
  • Poor vehicle maintenance
  • Speeding
  • Lack of safety procedures in place

When an employer or employee fails to adhere to safety standards set forth by OSHA, it can lead to serious accidents and injuries. Additionally, employers should always have a plan of action in place in case an accident occurs.

Serving Central & Southern Illinois Since 1996

Forklift accidents can happen in an instant. Although employees handling these powered vehicles may understand how dangerous they are, many are ill-prepared to handle accident if it occurs. At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, we understand how devastating accidents with this type of machinery can be and believe that you or loved ones injured in forklift accidents should receive just compensation. Our knowledgeable team of Charleston, IL attorneys is experienced in handling workers’ compensation claims and injury lawsuits involving forklift accidents and can fight for you.

For your free consultation, call (217) 394-5885 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to seeing how we can assist you.


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