Chicagotribune.com recently reported that federal workplace safety officials have launched an investigation of a trucking company in Bensenville, Illinois after a truck driver was killed last week. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys learned that the the driver, a 57-year old of South Normandy in Southwest Suburban Worth was killed after being pinned between his truck and a post. He was pronounced dead at approximately 8:19pm at a nearby hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
A few days later, the medical examiner’s office determined the driver died of multiple injuries after he became pinned between the open door of the cab and a fixed object in the loading area. The report states that he was conducting a safety check prior to leaving, and officials have ruled his death an accident.
Officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have opened an investigation to determine the cause of the accident and to see if any safety regulations were not followed. Representatives from the trucking company had no comment regarding the investigation.
While most of our blogs discuss numerous trucking accidents that take place on Illinois roadways, many serious injuries or fatalities can also occur in the common workplace. The workplace can be a potentially dangerous environment for individuals at large construction sites, industrial settings, and as seen in the above report, trucking companies.
There are a variety of reasons why the safety of workers may be in jeopardy at a trucking company. The Illinois Department of Transportation states that most truck accidents take place during the loading and unloading of materials. Others may occur due to defective machines or products, tracing back to lack of inspection and maintenance throughout the company. Careful inspections of trucking policies are necessary after any workplace accident to verify that all regulations are followed and all safety policies are strictly enforced. Information gathered from the above investigation has not yet been released, but if any internal policies and procedures were not followed, the company itself may be seen as responsible for the worker’s death.
Workplace accidents can result in devastating injury or even death to those involved. Seeking qualified legal representation after an accident is critical in determining your rights, obtaining available resources needed to file a claim, and learning about what benefits and compensation you may receive as a result of the accident.
In the case that you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a trucking workplace accident, please contact our law firm for more information. We have the proper experience needed to offer you all necessary resources to take legal action. Find out what rights may be available to you.