Category: Accident Analysis

Multi-employer Worksite Safety Issues (3)

Case Description/Summary:    A truck driver was part of a two-man crew delivering a mandrel and packers on a gooseneck trailer to a natural gas well pad. A forklift operated by one of the well operators was used in the discharge process.  The plaintiff was injured when a large piece of pipe was caused to… Read more »

Deliberate Intent Accident (3)

Case Description/Summary:    A journeyman electrician was injured by a powder actuated tool at a construction job site. According to the testimony of the injured party, he was using the Hilti gun when the fire pin jammed.  The journeyman electrician was working the action back and forth when the gun fired and caused a puncture… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Construction Employee Struck By Falling Piece of Cinder Block

Case Description/Summary:   A construction worker was injured when he was struck by a piece of cinder block from above. Workers from a second company were removing cinder blocks from a pallet that was lying on the floor of the work area above but still attached to a forklift when the piece of cinder block… Read more »

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,… Read more »

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… Read more »

Doorway Trip and Fall Accident Analysis

Case Description/Summary:   A patron at a hotel bar and/lounge was allegedly injured when her shoe became stuck in the metal threshold of an exterior door while entering the building. Expert Analysis/Summary: A human factors and safety analysis included a review of all relevant depositions and other discovery documents, reports, photographs, etc. In addition, a… Read more »