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Forklift Operator Killed in Work-Related Accident

November 08, 2012

Oct. 8, 2012

A 54-year-old forklift operator from Dodgeville, Wisconsin, was killed earlier this week as a result of an on-the-job accident. According to a story published by The Cap Times, the incident occurred at around 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday at Wick Homes, located at 341 Walter Road in Mazomanie, Wisconsin.

A spokesperson for the Dane County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Elise Schaffer, stated the man was moving a load of wooden trusses onto a flatbed trailer to be taken to a jobsite when the load suddenly shifted and fell back on top of the machine. Rescue crews rushed to the scene and attempted to save the man’s life, but he had died from the traumatic Wisconsin personal injury he sustained in the accident.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been contacted to conduct an investigation into what may have caused the accident and if it was preventable.

Accidents like these are all too common, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics saying roughly 15 percent of all workplace fatalities in the United States last year were the result of contact with a piece of machinery or an object at a jobsite.

The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz understand the dangers of handling equipment and large objects on the job. Our law firm is here to answer any questions you may have if you have been injured in a work-related accident through no fault of your own.