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Injury risks in warehouse work, part 2: forklifts

Let’s pick up the thread of our two-part discussion of the dangers of working in a warehouse setting.

As we noted in part one, forklift accidents are only one of the hazards to which warehouse workers are exposed. Falling objects and repetitive strain injuries are among the others.

In this part of the post, let’s look in more detail at the hazards of forklifts, which are more formally known by OSHA safety regulators as “powered industrial trucks.”

There are, of course, many different types of forklift-type vehicles, each of which has its own safety challenges.

For example, a forklift that requires a sit-down rider is able to reach up higher than some other types, such as those with a walking operator. But as a result, it is also more likely to be involved in an accident in which there is a falling load.

Another factor that affects the frequency of injuries is the type of business in which the forklift is used. Some settings have more pedestrian foot traffic than others. And the more such traffic there is, the greater the risk of forklift accidents becomes.

Almost inevitably, loading dock areas tend to be particularly prone to work injuries involving lift trucks.

No matter what the precise circumstances of your injury, it is important to know that you have a right to pursue a workers’ compensation claim when you get hurt on the job.

To learn more about our practice, and how a lawyer can help with your claim, please visit our page on warehouse injuries.

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