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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states 85 workers are killed each year in forklift accidents, while nearly 35,000 more workers suffer serious injuries. These accidents often occur due to a lack of proper safety training, inadequate training on the equipment, improper maintenance of the machine, or operator error.

The most common type of forklift accident is a forklift tip over. This type of forklift accident is often caused by speeding, improper loading of cargo or an unbalanced load, attempting to make too sharp of a turn, slippery surfaces, running over a raised surface or being struck by another vehicle.

Additionally, other causes of forklift injuries include:
  • Crushed between the forklift and a surface
  • Victim crushed between two vehicles
  • Being struck or run over by a forklift
  • Struck by material falling from the forklift
  • Falling from platform on the forks

What Should I Do If I’ve Been Injured by a Fork Lift?

If you have been injured in a forklift accident, the attorneys at Gentry & Ashton Law are ready to help you. We recommend you take the following steps:
  • REPORT YOUR INJURY. Often times employees wait to report incidents because they assume they will recover quickly. As soon as fork lift accident happens, let your employer know. Try to get pictures of the accident site, names and contact information of any witnesses.
  • SEE YOUR DOCTOR. Your employer should give you a referral to a medical clinic. It is very important that you take stock of every single injury that is wrong, no matter how small. These reports are imperative in getting you the medical care you need.
  • CALL AN ATTORNEY. Once you have seen the doctor, your next step is to call an experienced forklift accident attorney. We can help you determine what your next steps will be.
If you have been involved in a fork lift accident, you need a dedicated attorney by your side. An experienced fork lift accident attorney can get you the help you need. At Gentry & Ashton Law, we have handled numerous forklift accident cases and we have the knowledge and experience necessary to help navigate this difficult time for you and your loved ones.  Contact us today at (714) 541-4161 to schedule your FREE consultation and case evaluation.