Deliberate Intent Accident

Case Description/Summary:  

A subcontractor’s employee was assigned by the exposing employer to assist with the offloading of coal car wheel sets.  A forklift was used to discharge and move a set of wheel sets approximately 40 feet from a flatbed trailer. The injured employee was instructed by his supervisor and rough terrain forklift operator to stand next to the suspended load and steady it between the flatbed truck and the storage area. During this procedure, the forklift ran over the employee’s left foot.

Expert Analysis/Summary:

A safety and human factors analysis included a review of all relevant depositions and other discovery documents, reports, training records, photographs, etc. In addition, a review of relevant research materials, codes, and standards related to acceptable workplace safety practices and standards was performed.

Based upon the review and analysis it was determined that the individual’s employer, the exposing employer, met their duties regarding training and proper supervision.

Results:    Case Settled

Electrocution

Case Description/Summary:   A journeyman electrician was fatally injured when he contacted a buss bar.  The electrical system was a 120/240 3 phase delta with a 240-volt high leg on the C phase. The main panel had three sub breakers for the three subpanels; A, B, and C, located in the same room. The injured…

Temporary Workers – Host Employers

Case Description/Summary:   A temporary worker employed by a staffing agency but under the supervision of a host employer was assigned to spot trash trucks dumping their trash at a landfill.  While performing the assigned task as a spotter, the temporary employee was struck and run over by a track loader that was backing up.…

OVERHEAD CRANE OPERATOR STRUCK BY ROLL OF STEEL THAT HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO MOVE FROM ONE AREA OF AN INDUSTRIAL WAREHOUSE TO ANOTHER

Case Description/Summary:   A warehouse worker and overhead crane operator working in a warehouse was injured when he was struck by a roll of steel that he was attempting to move with an pendant-controlled crane. The employee had completed numerous crane operating courses and was experienced performing the same job on numerous occasions prior to…

FALL THROUGH A FLOOR OPENING

Case Description/Summary:   A school janitor who entered a closet to disengage a fire alarm system fell through an unguarded floor opening.  An electrical contractor who was pulling wires under the floor failed to properly protect other individuals from the floor opening hazard. Expert Analysis/Summary: A construction and human factors engineering analysis included a review…

Injured by Pipes Falling Off of a Flatbed Trailer

Case Description/Summary:   An employee of a construction company was injured when two pieces of PVC pipe approximately 10” x 30’ rolled off a flatbed trailer, striking and pinning the employee to the ground. There was no Job Safety Analysis performed and the injured employee’s employer had not trained any of their employees in the…

Crush Accident Analysis At Natural Gas Drilling Site

Case Description/Summary:   Three workers were setting a set of steel steps next to a structure referred to as a “doghouse”, which is normally used as a tool shack for the drilling site.  Due to the time of year the ground was wet and muddy. While positioning the steel steps, two workers were walking along…

Accident Analysis Due to Defective Industrial Product

Case Description/Summary:   An employee was installing acoustical ceiling tile while using a set of stilts to reach the ceiling. The right stilt broke, causing the employee to fall.  The employee was injured because of the fall. Expert Analysis/Summary: A construction safety analysis included a review of all relevant depositions and other discovery documents, reports,…

Electrocution Accident Analysis

Case Description/Summary:   An employee was working in an uninsulated  bucket truck installing new coax span cable between two utility poles in a residential community.  The coax span cable was positioned below two power lines.  The top line primary power line possessed 19,000 volts and the bottom secondary line possessed 120 volts.  While using the…