Forklifts are essential in various industries in Oklahoma and across the country. Unfortunately, the dangers posed by these vehicles do not always receive the necessary attention. Employers are responsible for the health and safety of employees, and providing adequate safety training forms a part of that responsibility. However, lives continue to be lost in preventable workplace accidents.
A forklift accident that claimed the life of a 32-year-old construction worker in another state underscores the hazards posed by these machines. Reportedly, the man was operating the forklift on a construction site. During an attempt to lower a pallet loaded with steel beams from a tractor-trailer, the forklift pitched to one side, ejecting him from the machine.
The forklift rolled over and landed on the operator. The father of two suffered severe crushing injuries. He was rushed to a hospital, where he fought to survive but succumbed to the injuries eight days later. An investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will likely follow to determine the circumstances that led to the worker's death, and the employer's compliance with mandated safety standards might also be evaluated.
Families in Oklahoma who have lost loved ones in workplace accidents might have questions about their eligibility for death benefits through the state's workers' compensation insurance program. An attorney with experience in this field of the law can provide the answers. Legal counsel can also assist throughout the ensuing claims procedures for benefits to cover end-of-life arrangements and a percentage of lost wages. This financial package can ease the unanticipated financial burden of daily living expenses and other obligations.