Posted On: January 29, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Construction Worker Killed in Forklift Accident

A construction worker died today after he was run over by a forklift. The construction accident took place at a work site at a children’s hospital. The 30-year-old worker was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

Forklift Accidents
Forklifts are used at many work areas in the US on a daily basis. This heavy piece of machinery must be operated correctly and workers in the vicinity must be careful that they don’t get in its way. Unfortunately, forklift accidents are not uncommon and cause a number of US worker fatalities every year.

Some Common Kinds of Work Accidents Involving Forklifts:
• A worker gets hit by a forklift
• A forklift tips over to land on a worker
• A load that falls off a forklift lands on a worker
• The operator loses control of the forklift, which runs over another worker


Some Common Causes of Forklift Accidents:
• The operator does not know how to use a forklift correctly
• Improper safety procedures
• A forklift malfunction that was caused by poor maintenance or a part defect
• The operator loses control of the forklift
• Overloaded forklifts
• Inadequate operator training
• Lack of proper communication among workers and supervisors


Examples of Serious Injuries Caused by Forklift Accidents:
• Crush injuries
• Broken bones
• Spinal cord injuries
• Internal injuries

An experience Chicago construction accident law firm can help you determine who should be held liable for your for Illinois forklift accident case. In addition to filing third party lawsuits against the responsible parties that are not your employer, you will want your employers’ insurer to pay you your Illinois workers’ compensation benefits.

Construction Worker Run Over, Killed by Forklift, MyFoxPhoenix, January 29, 2010


Related Web Resources:
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Illinois Department of Labor

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