Longshore workers put themselves at risk every day. Terminals and piers are very dangerous places. The problem lies in the high levels of activity coupled with the sheer number of workers present. Safety managers are hardly ever present and if they are, they are responsible for so many other tasks that they are no longer a “safety manager.”
Longshore workers across the country become injured in similar accidents and the number one cause is related to forklift accidents. In the New Jersey and New York ports, forklift operators are often provided by outside contractors. For example, companies like New York Shipping may provide forklift operators to ports and terminals in the New Jersey and New York area. Therefore, many terminal forklift operators are hired and trained by these outside contractors, and many forklift operators are not trained properly. In fact, one of the primary causes of forklift accidents is negligence of the forklift operator and nine times out of ten, if the forklift operator had been trained properly, the accident would not have happened.
What this means for those injured in a NJ or NY marine terminal forklift accident is that they may have a direct claim against the forklift operating company, the contractor which hired and trained the forklift operator.
However, many dock workers are either misinformed or misled into thinking that the only claim they can make is a workers’ compensation claim. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Workers can succeed in non-workers’ compensation claims in such longshore accident cases.
This year, the firm settled a forklift accident case involving a NJ dock worker who was run over by a forklift. The work accident lawyers were able to show that the forklift operating company’s entire training program violated OSHA forklift training and certification requirements. The client suffered severe injuries and was unable to return to work. His case is an example of succeeding in getting justice in longshore accident cases in the New Jersey area.
Longshore workers face many hazards other than a forklift. For example, many terminal accidents involve cranes, containers, and trucks. The resulting injuries are often catastrophic if not fatal.
Related Legal Articles:
- Common Claims Made in Pennsylvania and New Jersey Longshore/Marine Terminal Accident Lawsuits
- New Jersey Longshore Accidents at Docks and Terminals: Compensation Beyond the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
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Published: June 12, 2012