While we may not think about it, almost any workplace could be the site of a devastating accident involving employees. Even a seemingly safe place like a supermarket could be the site of a fatal accident, as was the case in Brooklyn last week.
According to police reports, the man was helping a co-worker get a forklift up a ramp and onto a rooftop parking area of the store. The man was using a walk-behind forklift to push the other forklift up the ramp. However, disaster struck when the bigger forklift gave way.
It slipped, and the 22-year-old man using the walk-behind equipment was pinned against a wall. He was taken to Kings County Hospital with severe chest injuries, and he died shortly thereafter.
According to police, nobody involved in the incident was expected to be charged with a crime. However, at the very least, it may raise questions about the safety of the procedure the workers were using to move the equipment. It will also put a spotlight on the training of workers to use large, and potentially, dangerous equipment that they are not necessarily familiar with.
In a case such as this one, where a young worker has lost his life while on the job, family members may want to seek compensation as a result of their loss. They might request this due to their pain and suffering, but also for the loss of income that the young man was likely to provide had he lived into the next several decades.
Source: New York Daily News, “Brooklyn man gets crushed in deadly forklift accident,” Chelsia Rose Marcius and Mark Morales, June 11, 2014