Workplace Truck Accident Attorney
Injured in an 18-wheeler accident while on the job?
Truck accidents in the workplace can involve semi trucks, dump trucks, and tractor trailers,
among many others. Most truck accidents take place during the loading
and unloading of materials—especially in the logging industry. These
accidents can involve the unexpected release of logs from the truck and
unexpected loader movement.
OSHA regulations require the correct securing and release of logs, as well
as clear work areas that minimize the risk of accidents.
For instance, during the actual loading and unloading activities, only
the operator and employees involved in the process must be present in
the loading area. Tie downs should be left intact until conditions are
ready for unloading. In case of manual tie downs, release must only take
place on the side where the unloading machinery is located. The truck
must be carefully positioned with a clear workplace between the deck and
the truck. The load must be carefully secured.
Working to Prevent Trucking Accidents
Many truck accidents can be traced to lack of inspection and maintenance.
Trucks are required to support heavy loads and are subject to strenuous
duty cycles. Negligent maintenance can be the reason for a serious accident.
OSHA regulations outline the correct inspection procedures for trailers.
These include examination of the undercarriage for missing components,
checking for damage to door hinges and floors, etc.
Driver training is an important part of reducing the rate of truck accidents.
For instance, many accidents involve the transportation of
hazardous materials and leakage of toxic waste. In such cases, the driver must be trained
and have the necessary equipment to minimize leaks and spills to the extent
possible. Employees must be trained to assess the risks rising from these
spills and use the personal protection gear that is provided to them.
These include the wearing of respiratory gear that protects against the
inhalation of hazardous fumes.
If the truck driver is expected to be responsible for the stopping of dangerous
leaks and cleaning up of any spills, then he must be trained at least
to a hazardous materials technician level. Employers are required to provide
for the safe securing of trucks and trailers to loading docks to prevent
truck and trailer movement during the loading / unloading process. All
add-ons, accessories, and additional mechanical equipment must be installed,
operated, and maintained as per the recommendations of the manufacturer.
Any damaged mechanical components must be repaired immediately.
Injured in a truck accident? Contact Arnold & Itkin!
If you have been victimized in a trucking accident while on the job, then
you are not without hope. By seeking representation from a knowledgeable
industrial accident attorney from our firm at Arnold & Itkin LLP, you can rest easier knowing that
you will have an advocate on your side that is fully prepared to go the
distance in their efforts to provide you with high-quality and reliable
legal assistance. At our firm, we know what is on the line, and we are
ready to do everything that we can to ensure that our clients have the
aggressive approach that they deserve. If you have been injured, we encourage
you to give us a call as soon as possible. The sooner that you get us
involved, the sooner that we can begin the fight for full
financial compensation to cover all associated damages.
Contact a truck accident lawyer from our firm if you have been injured in an 18-wheeler accident while
on the job.