BROCKPORT, N.Y. – A Jan. 7 accident at Lineage Logistics in Brockport has left a man dead. Officials identified the man as 57-year-old William Spoor of Clarendon, Orleans County.
According to police, Mr. Spoor was operating a forklift around 7:30 a.m. when his body was caught between a pole and the machine. Mr. Spoor succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the accident, according to police.
Officials reported the death was an accident. No further information was currently available.
Commentary on the fatal workplace accident in Brockport, New York
I am deeply saddened to learn a tragic accident ended the life of 57-year-old Mr. William Spoor. I extend my condolences to his family left behind and hope for peace in the wake of this sad loss.
During my career, I am often confronted with harsh opinions of the work I perform. Usually, these people take offense to companies being held liable for deaths in the workplace. These people often conclude employers shouldn’t be held responsible for the mistakes of their employees.
To these people, I explain the advancements in workplace safety our nation has experienced over the past 50-years. I help them see that many of the improvements have resulted from high-stakes litigation forcing change in corporate governance. I often point to the notorious Ford Pinto case where skilled litigators highlighted Ford’s cost-benefit analysis between human life and improved vehicle safety. When viewed in the proper context, corporate responsibility begins to make sense most of the time.
I am not suggesting Lineage Logistics failed to provide an adequate workplace for Mr. Spoor at the time of the accident. However, I want to point out the duty all corporations have to properly train all employees, provide them with adequate safety procedures, and ensure these procedures are being followed. I have learned through countless investigations across the nation, in accidents just like this one, that many employers talk of safety but fail to implement the protective practices they preach of.
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