LAMAR COUNTY, Texas — Ashton Smallwood, an 18-year-old Paris resident, lost his life after sustaining serious injuries in a Jan. 4 accident involving a City of Paris dump truck.
The accident occurred at about 11:45 a.m. in the 1900 block of Jackson Street in Paris. At the time, Smallwood worked as an RPM staffing employee assigned to the City of Paris Public Words Department.
Smallwood sustained serious injuries in the accident that he later succumbed to at Paris Regional Medical Center.
Authorities have not released any additional details about how the crash occurred. Police are actively investigating the incident.
Commentary on Ashton Smallwood Accident in Paris, Texas
I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mr. Ashton Smallwood; his life unexpectedly cut short at the tender age of 18. I extend my condolences to Mr. Smallwood’s family during this unimaginable time of grief.
During my career, I have represented countless victims in workplace-related accidents. When first taking one of these cases, my firm conducts a detailed investigation to determine the supporting facts. The investigatory process has taught me that nearly all accidents are preventable.
Employers have a duty to enact safety procedures designed to mitigate the risk of harm to their employees. This duty requires the employer to consider foreseeable risks associated with employee-related conduct. I have to wonder if the company considered the conduct leading to this young man’s death and established policies sufficient to mitigate such risk.
A detailed investigation will need to be conducted to determine the answer to this question. This will take time and effort from many parties. I hope the family of the deceased can find answers to their questions through this process and find the strength to endure the challenges they will undoubtedly face during the process.
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