Forklift Accidents at Construction Sites in South Carolina
There are more than one million powered industrial trucks (better known as forklifts) in operation in the United States. Many of these are used in the construction industry for material-handling purposes. Rough-terrain forklifts – ruggedly constructed trucks meant to be operated on unpaved natural terrain – are a common feature on construction sites across South Carolina and the rest of the United States, as are smaller forklifts used to unload heavy items from trucks and trailers.
Used and maintained properly, forklifts can boost productivity and reduce employee injuries. The size and power of lift trucks, however, also pose safety risks to construction workers, especially when trucks are operated unsafely or have design or manufacturing defects.