Even though forklifts are common on job sites across the country, forklift operators should not become complacent. After all, forklifts are heavy machines that can be extremely dangerous. Indeed, according to the National Safety Council, forklifts caused 78 deaths and nearly 7,300 workplace injuries in 2020 alone.
There are many different types of forklift accidents, including mechanical failures and dropped materials. When it comes to endangering operators, though, rollover accidents are often the most severe. Luckily, it is possible to survive many forklift rollovers.
What causes a forklift to tip over?
As you probably know, forklifts do not tip over on their own. While operator error and a lack of training can contribute to a forklift’s rollover risk, the following factors also can play a part:
- Excessive speeds
- Heavy loads, especially when they are high in the air
- Tight turns
- Uneven surfaces
What should you do?
If you find yourself in the middle of an imminent forklift rollover, you are not going to have much time to respond. Therefore, it makes sense to plan your response when you are in a safe environment.
Trying to exit the forklift during a rollover can be dangerous, as you might end up beneath the forklift. Consequently, you typically should stay in your seat and lean away from the impact point. Because you always wear your seat belt, it should keep you in place.
Even if you have a response strategy, you might not be able to avoid an injury forever. Ultimately, if you suffer an injury in a forklift rollover, pursuing financial compensation can help you obtain medical care while continuing to support your family.