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In the United States, there are approximately 850,000 forklifts currently in operation and the number is growing, according to the Industrial Truck Industry. With so many forklifts in operation, it is important to follow safety regulations to prevent as many accidents as possible.

While organizations like OSHA are working hard to bring safety standards up across the nation through information releases and online guidelines for daily safety checklists for forklifts, errors do still occur on a daily basis. Each year, millions of men and women are injured or killed in work-related accidents, many involving forklifts.

Forklift accidents—know the facts:

  • 22% of fatal forklift accidents occur when the forklift tips over and crushes a person
  • The highest percentage of forklift fatalities occur in the manufacturing industry, with a total 42.5% of all accidents
  • The next industry with the highest risk of a forklift fatality is the construction industry, with 23.8% of the accidents
  • 1 in 5 forklift fatalities are the result of the forklift striking a worker on foot
  • Anyone under the age of 18 is prohibited from operating a forklift by federal law
  • Anyone over the age of 18 must be properly trained and have forklift certification in order to legally operate a forklift in the U.S.
  • Of the top 10 OSHA violations, forklift violation was the number 1 citation

If you have suffered an injury or your loved one was killed due to a forklift accident, give the work injury lawyers at Wagner Reese a call to schedule a free consultation and get more information on how our team can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.

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Common Causes of Forklift Accidents

The vast majority of forklift accidents occur due to negligence. In fact, according to OSHA, about 70 percent of all forklift accidents occur due to improper training and failure to follow standard safety procedures. As a result, workers are injured when forklifts overturn, or when they are pinned, crushed, struck, or fall from the forklift.

Some of the most common causes of forklift accidents include:

  • Inadequate or improper training
  • Insufficient supervision
  • Lack of safety training/equipment
  • Cutting corners/failing to follow safety protocols
  • Inexperience
  • Careless or reckless operation
  • Insufficient/improper maintenance
  • Operator error
  • Fatigued or intoxicated operators
  • Defective or faulty equipment

This list is not exhaustive; forklift accidents can occur in a wide variety of ways. If you were involved in a forklift accident and you believe that negligence played a role, reach out to Wagner Reese as soon as possible. Our experienced attorneys can help you fully and clearly understand your legal rights and options.

Representing Injured Workers throughout Indiana

Since 1997, Wagner Reese has been fighting for the rights of injured workers throughout the state of Indiana. Our skilled work injury lawyers have over 150+ years of combined legal experience, and we are prepared to put our resources, knowledge, and aggressive trial advocacy to work for you.

We represent injured forklift operators, as well as others involved in these serious and sometimes deadly accidents. Our Indianapolis forklift accident lawyers can travel to you if your injuries prevent you from coming to our office. Additionally, we provide Spanish-speaking legal services and contingent fees, so there are no upfront costs for you.

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