Logging Worker Was Killed When Tree Fell off Truck in Arlington, VA
Logging and trucking are among America’s most dangerous industries. I was saddened to read about how logging worker was recently killed in Virginia when a tree fell on him from a truck.
Police in Arlington said the logging company worker died when a tree rolled off a flatbed truck and struck him.
Arlington police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said Franklin Talley Jr., 30, was trying to secure a load of logs on the truck last week when one of them fell off the truck, striking him in the head.
Police said Talley was pronounced dead at the scene. The Culpeper Star-Exponent reported he has worked for Culpeper-based C.M. Hauling and Clearing. Company owner Cary Michael Payne later said Talley had been employed for just five weeks. Logging workers face many dangers. A recent study revealed logging is the most deadly profession in America.
My thoughts are with this young man’s family in the wake of this terrible accident. When a worker is killed in this fashion, an employer or a trucking company could be held liable in a wrongful death lawsuit.
An experienced Virginia injury lawyer will look at factors such as the safety regime in place and whether a truck was being correctly loaded. Cases involving improperly loaded trucks can be very complex and entail the interpretation of federal regulations.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has represented many people who have been injured in trucking accidents and have published The Best Book About Virginia Trucking Accidents. Call us at 757.455.0077 or see CooperHurley.com.