Man suffers workplace injuries when forklift tips over

On Behalf of | Oct 8, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

Being injured on the job is one fear that many people have. While numerous people go to work and make it home unscathed at the end of the day, that is not the story for everyone. In some cases, individuals can suffer severe workplace injuries that can have lasting effects.

California readers may be interested in a serious accident that took place in another state. According to reports, construction work was underway at a museum, and while one of the workers was doing electrical work, an access panel underneath a forklift collapsed. The forklift was being used to lift out an electrical vault, but it tipped over when the subfloor gave way. As a result, the worker became trapped underneath the machinery.

Emergency crews came to the scene and found the man pinned under the machine, and they used equipment to rescue him. After he was freed from under the forklift, he was taken to an area hospital in critical condition. It was noted that he was expected to survive. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has started an investigation into the incident.

Sudden accidents involving machinery can have harrowing outcomes. As this case shows, critical injuries are not out of the question when such events occur. If California workers suffer serious workplace injuries, it may be in their best interests to gain information on their workers’ compensation options. Because filing paperwork and otherwise handling the benefits process can be difficult, especially when recovering from serious injuries, parties in this predicament may want to reach out to knowledgeable attorneys for help.

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