From the outside looking in, operating heavy machinery looks like it might be a fun time. Some may even go so far as to think that it is an easy thing to do. The truth, however, is that in order to operate any type of heavy machinery, you need to be trained properly. This is because heavy machinery can be dangerous, and the work these kinds of machines are used for can be dangerous as well. There is always a risk of injury and even the unfortunate possibility of death.
The latter held true in a recent forklift injury that left a man dead in Gilpin, Pennsylvania. The 51-year-old victim passed away from injuries that he suffered when the forklift he was operating overturned on him. The fatal incident took place on a family farm where the victim was helping someone with a jackknifed tractor. After successfully helping the person with the tractor, the victim attempted to bring equipment back to his farm and lost control of the forklift. The forklift went down a steep hill, overturned, and caused catastrophic injuries. The victim was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.
Pittsburgh Machinery Accidents Cause Severe Injury and Death
Like operating many other types of heavy machinery, operating a forklift is a dangerous job. Forklift accidents account for almost 85 deaths each year. These types of accidents also result in 34,900 serious injuries each year. A forklift overturning accounts for 24 percent of all forklift incidents. The numbers are overwhelming, especially when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 70 percent of forklift accidents could be prevented.
The overturning of a forklift — which can weigh up to 9,000 pounds — can leave you with some serious injuries. These critical injuries may include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Puncture wounds
- Disc injuries
Of course, the worst-case scenario is death. For those who survive a forklift accident, there is much to contend with once injured. Lost wages due to time off work, medical bills, and other losses can add up quickly. That is why anyone who has been injured in a forklift accident should speak with a qualified Pennsylvania personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Pittsburgh Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You Recover for Forklift Accident Injuries
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Pennsylvania construction accident, you need the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer. For those injured in Pittsburgh, Homestead, Erie, Greensburg, or anywhere else in PA, look no further than the Law Office of Mark A. Smith. Attorney Mark Smith has years of experience with these kinds of cases, and he can help you get the maximum compensation for your losses. Contact him today by calling (412) 567-9598 or by filling out the online form. He has an office conveniently located at 322 N. Shore Dr., Building 1B, Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, as well as an office located in Homestead, PA.
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