South Fayette, Pennsylvania – An accident unfolded at a construction site on Stonegate Drive. The incident, which transpired around 1 p.m., involved a truck tractor towing a flatbed trailer and resulted in the death of an adult male worker.
The truck tractor struck Lewis Alling while he was loading the flatbed trailer. The circumstances of this accident suggest that the truck tractor began moving backward, inadvertently colliding with Mr. Alling.
The truck tractor also impacted a backhoe stationed over a gas line, raising concerns about potential hazards.
Medical Personnel rushed Mr. Alling to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The Truck Driver and Others Should be Held Responsible for the preventable Death That Occurred in This Incident
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that falling objects and equipment malfunctions, including vehicle strikes, accounted for 8% of construction deaths in 2021. Construction workers deserve better. When an accident between a truck tractor and a construction worker at a construction site leads to serious injuries or death, a thorough investigation must determine all negligence and hold liable parties accountable.
There are still many unknown details in this incident. However, the reports reveal a truck tractor driver, for whatever reason, was unable to control a truck, resulting in the striking and death of Mr. Alling. These actions lead one to ask what transpired that a truck driver who is supposed to have enough experience to maneuver a truck correctly failed to do so.
Was the driver so fatigued they could no longer think coherently? Did they know how to properly maneuver their truck in all circumstances? Our firm has seen many cases where a truck driver, tired from too many hours of driving, makes a careless mistake and causes a catastrophic accident. We have also dealt with issues where the truck driver did not have sufficient training and experience driving a truck and should have never been allowed behind the wheel in the first place.
An investigation by trained professionals will also determine if the job site had sufficient safety protocols to prevent an accident such as this one from happening. Job sites must adhere to strict safety guidelines to ensure all parties involved in a construction project work together without incident. No one sub-contractor can ensure that another contractor acts safely. The general contractor or perhaps a third-party safety company is responsible for overseeing safety on the job site.
An investigation will determine if safety procedures and oversight were enacted and followed in this case. It seems there must have been some kind of policy that ensured trucks did not back up without spotters. Without spotters, people get run over.
If wrongdoing is discovered, the wrongdoers must be held accountable for their role in this tragic death.
The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.
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