A 22-year-old Brooklyn man was tragically killed in a forklift accident on June 10th, 2014. Police reported that the young man was using an electric pallet stacker to push a Yale electric forklift up a ramp towards the roof of a Midwood supermarket in Brooklyn. Although the forklift was being guided by another employee, it still unfortunately rolled backward and fatally pinned the young worker against a wall.
The Brighton Beach resident, was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. No arrests were made.
How, in fact, the forklift rolled back is still under investigation. Statistics reveal that approximately 100 fatalities and 36,340 serious injuries involving powered industrial trucks, including forklifts, take place in the U.S. each year. According to the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), inadequate workplace training is estimated to contribute to nearly 25 percent of on the job accidents. However, it is still unknown whether or the operator was properly trained.
Generally, job- or work- related accidents are covered by workers compensation benefits. Workers compensation benefits may be retained for a job-related injury regardless of who is at fault for the accident. When injured individuals retain workers compensation benefits, they forfeit their right to sue their employer for their injury. However, third parties, such as the company that manufactures forklifts, may still be sued for their part in the accident.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident at your place of work, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. A skilled attorney will afford you the representation you deserve and will protect your legal rights.