Forklifts are common pieces of equipment in warehouses and distribution centers in California. Unfortunately, the hazards they pose are not always recognized. Accidents involving forklifts are common, and the resulting workplace injuries are often catastrophic. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health reportedly launched an investigation into one such accident that occurred on a recent Wednesday.
Very few details were made available, except that the fire department of Santa Fe Springs sent rescuers in response to an emergency call shortly after midday. A male employee was later rushed to a hospital with traumatic injuries he suffered in a fork-lift-related workplace accident. Reportedly, the man was working in a warehouse that is operated by an importer and wholesaler of food products.
It is not known whether the injured worker was the operator of the forklift or struck by it while working nearby. Forklift accidents can be the result of inadequate training, careless drivers, insufficient maintenance or unstable or overweight loads. Typical accidents involve tip-overs and cases in which workers are pinned and crushed against other objects or surfaces.
Anyone in California who suffers traumatic forklift-related workplace injuries will likely be overwhelmed by the physical and financial consequences. Fortunately, an experienced workers' compensation attorney can start the navigation of a benefits claim immediately -- allowing the victim to focus on recovery. A workers' comp lawyer knows how to proceed to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and any other benefits. A worker might be eligible for vocational training to equip him or her with new skills if he or she cannot return to a previous job.
Source: whittierdailynews.com, "Man injured in workplace forklift accident in Santa Fe Springs", Brian Rokos, May 16, 2018