Seattle Man Injured in Forklift Accident
A man was injured Saturday morning after the forklift he was driving tipped over, throwing him from the seat.
Crews were called out to the 7200 block of S. Taft Street around 10:20 a.m. They found out that the forklift had been moving stones for a retaining wall when it tipped forward, throwing the driver from the forklift and into the stones.
The man was taken to Harborview for treatment of head injuries. Witnesses at the scene reported that the driver was not wearing a seat belt and had said he only had “one day training” in operating the forklift.
It is believed that the cause was that the victim had the lift too high for the load the forklift was trying to move, tipping the forklift over.
As Seattle personal injury attorneys, we believe it is the responsibility of the employer to properly train any individual using specialized equipment - such as a forklift. If this injured man was given more than “one day training” perhaps this tragic accident could have been avoided. We wish this man a full and speedy recovery and hope that his employer realizes the necessity of more intensive forklift training.
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