When a worker in Connecticut is doing their job, they have a right to feel safe and protected from serious injury. Unfortunately, there are times when businesses do not follow proper protocol set by the United States Department of Labor when it comes to securing machinery or creating a working condition in which there is no serious risk of harm. This may have been the case in a recent accident where a man was killed in an auto repair shop when a forklift landed on him.
According to WTNH, the man was visiting the auto repair shop to put air in his tires as he was transporting the forklift to another location. As he filled his truck tire with air, he had to adjust the forklift and as he was doing so, the machine fell off the truck and landed on him. The area and the situation are under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to determine if there was any type of negligence that caused the accident.
Although the man was not an employee of the auto repair shop, investigators will determine who was responsible for the forklift not being secured properly when the man stopped to put air in his flatbed truck to complete the transport. Fault in the incident may not have been determined yet, but the family is being notified and they are likely to face a long, difficult road as they work to adjust without the man’s income and pay for his burial costs. Whenever a person is injured or killed in an accident while they are on the job, it may be worth contacting a personal injury attorney to determine if they have a case.