When industrial accidents occur on building sites or in shipyards or on the railroad, their consequences can be devastating.
Mechanical malfunction and human error are among the biggest causes of accidents. Tragically these two factors appeared to have combined, causing the death of a 23-year-old man from Newport News in Virginia Beach.
Brandon L. Peterson, 23 of the 7100 block of Belvedere Dive in Newport News, was crushed between two pieces of heavy equipment on May 3, 2014. He was working on a construction site in the 2500 block of Quality Court in Virginia Beach, police said.
When the heavy equipment he was operating failed to start, Mr. Peterson dismounted the equipment and was attempted to get it started. Another piece of heavy equipment was being operated nearby. The other operator was backing up with his equipment and did not see Mr. Peterson, police said. As a result Mr. Peterson was crushed between the two pieces of equipment. He was pronounced dead later that morning at a local hospital.
The accident is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). My thoughts are with the family of this young man who was killed due to no mistake on his part. In circumstances like this the owners or managers of a construction site can often be liable in a wrongful death suit for an accident on their premises. See our Virginia Beach personal injury lawyers’ advice on accidents at a business. Call Cooper Hurley at 757.455.0077 or see Cooperhurley.com