Although accidents can and do happen at work, there are steps that both employers and workers can take to limit their frequency. For instance, while working on a forklift, it is important to look for obstructions and to be aware of uneven surfaces. If an obstruction is located, a forklift operator should get off of the machine and remove whatever is in its path.
When encountering an uneven surface such as a train track, pothole or speed bump, the operator should navigate it slowly and from a 45 degree angle. This lowers the odds of the machine tipping over and hurting the person controlling it. Before operating a floor loader, it is always a good idea to inspect the floor ahead of time to make sure that it can hold the weight of the loader. Workers should acknowledge posted weight limits at all times. Issues regarding weak or otherwise substandard floor conditions should be reported to a supervisor.
Those who are working on any type of machine that is transporting materials should ensure that there is adequate clearance at all times. Attempting to move objects without adequate clearance could result in the machine tipping over. Therefore, drivers are advised to not travel with their loads elevated and to recognize the heights of all fixtures.
Anyone who is injured at work may wish to talk to a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. Those who suffer neck, back or other injuries after workplace accidents may be entitled to benefits that can provide a portion of wages lost during the recovery period as well as provide medical care and treatment. The assistance of an attorney can be advisable in the preparation and filing of the claim.