This past Friday, a New Jersey man was crushed by a concrete partition wall or barrier while at work at an industrial plant. The accident occurred at a recycling center in Camden. According to at least one online news report*, the accident occurred after a front-end loader knocked over a concrete wall which then fell onto the worker. A forklift driver attempted to free the worker from the concrete slab. However, the worker was pronounced dead at Cooper University Hospital. *Source: ww.6abc.com, Police id worker killed in Camden industrial accident.
Work related deaths are senseless tragedies. Families of those left behind suffer terribly by the loss of a loved one – a father, mother, sibling, friend, etc. The emotional toll is significant, but when coupled with the loss of the workers’ income, the loss is unbearable. In many situations, family members don’t know an important fact about work related accident deaths – there are often other claims in addition to, or on top of, workers’ compensation benefits.
While of course workers’ compensation benefits provide some benefits in any work accident case, other claims may be possible. This is especially true in cases involving heavy equipment like forklifts or front-end loaders.
Front-end loaders are inherently dangerous. While operator error is typically the most common cause of accidents, there are many things which can be done to prevent front-end loader accidents.
For example, adequate training is crucial. Many companies fail to provide proper operator training in accordance with OSHA operator training standards. When a company fails to take these simple actions, it may be liable. In addition, other parties such as a subcontractor which operated the front-end loader or an equipment rental or maintenance company which serviced the front-end loader may be liable.
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