When people are required to work around or with individual pieces of machinery or equipment, they are often required to undergo training designed to educate them on how to safely and adequately do their job. Such protocols help guarantee the safety of all of the workers who need to use it. Unfortunately, there are times when despite the efforts of employers in Washington, malfunctions, carelessness and even design flaws can compromise the safety of workers.
This is precisely what one family is claiming in a wrongful death lawsuit after their family member was pulled underneath and dragged by a piece of equipment they claim was poorly designed. The incident occurred when the woman was working to position a cargo loader to unload a 777F aircraft. The person operating the cargo loader did not notice that the woman was still in the path of the deck and started moving it forward. The auxiliary deck then struck the woman and pulled her underneath where she was then dragged nearly 80 feet before anyone realized she was missing.
The woman's family contends that her death was entirely preventable had the machinery been better designed with controls and safety mechanisms to prevent people from being sucked underneath in the event of a collision.
If someone has been wrongfully injured because of the negligence of another party, they may wish to contact an attorney. A legal professional can provide guidance in gathering facts and organizing evidence to make a compelling argument in court.
Source: Commercial Appeal, "Family seeks $3 million in lawsuit against JBT AeroTech and Fast Global Solutions, makers of equipment used at FedEx," Linda A. Moore, Nov. 14, 2018