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New York Forklift Accident Lawyer

Forklifts are some of the most powerful and potentially lethal pieces of machinery on a job site or in a warehouse. Accidents involving forklifts, also known as lift trucks or powered industrial trucks, are common and can vary in type and can differ based on the type of forklift or truck involved. If you’ve been injured at work in New York, contact a forklift accident lawyer today.

Forklift use is heavily regulated

Federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) rules impose a number of restrictions on the operation of these machines in order to protect workers from serious or fatal injuries, including requiring that any person operating a forklift is licensed to do so, and that no one under 18 be permitted to operate a forklift at any time. Additionally, OSHA provides training materials to educate workers on how to properly load forklifts to prevent imbalanced cargo from causing injury, or on how to navigate a forklift through a crowded space safely. Despite the risks to workers, many workplaces fail to provide the training necessary to ensure the safe operation of forklifts, or the machines are negligently operated by outside contractors in a way causing injury to employees. If you’ve been hurt on the job in New York in a forklift injury, seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries with the help of the seasoned forklift injury accident lawyers at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello.

Most common forklift accidents

Forklifts require a great deal of skill to operate, and also require operators to take time to both carefully load and maneuver a forklift through a busy warehouse or jobsite. When contractors stress productivity over safety, things can go very wrong. Common forklift accidents include:

  • Workers being run over by a lift truck
  • Loads falling from the forklifts onto workers, causing crush injuries or traumatic brain injuries
  • Forklift operators backing into another worker with the truck and running them over or crushing them between the lift truck and an object
  • Workers falling from elevated pallets or lifts
  • Forklifts tipping onto workers

At Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, our lawyers know how to obtain the compensation you need after you’re hurt on the job. We will thoroughly investigate a workplace accident to determine if a defective product or negligent outside contractor was responsible for your injuries, and we will further determine the best type of claim to file to maximize the damages you receive.

Experienced Injury Attorneys Here to Help with Hudson Valley Forklift Accidents

If you’ve been injured at work in New York, contact a New York forklift accident lawyer at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello for a consultation on your claims, in Kingston at 845-331-4100, and in Marlboro at 845-236-4411.

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