Truck Driver Killed in Maryland While Unloading Granite at Warehouse

By Peter DePaolis

Many people face dangers every day that they report to work. In 2008, the most recent year for which statistics are available, just over 5,000 died in workplace accidents. That number was nearly 5,700 in 2007. Employers could have prevented many of these accidents had they used basic safety tactics such as maintaining clean work areas, avoiding unnecessary hazards, and providing clear work and safety procedures. If you or a loved one is one of the several million people injured a year in workplace accidents, a Maryland personal injury lawyer can help you recover for your injuries.

Several Mondays ago, a 41-year-old truck driver died in a workplace accident in Maryland. He was unloading a granite slab when the slab fell and crushed him. Investigators determined that the slab suddenly slid off the truck’s flatbed trailer. County police and state workplace safety inspectors continue their investigation of the fatal accident.

Unfortunate accidents like this happen regularly each year in the United States. People are injured or killed that should not have been. Improved employee training is one of the most important steps employers can take to avoid these types of accidents. If employees are going to be in situations where they are working with heavy or dangerous materials, they need to be aware of how to handle equipment and how to take extra safety precautions. There is little margin for error in these situations.

Please contact a Maryland personal injury attorney, such as Justin M. Beall at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P., if you or a loved one has been involved in a workplace accident.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.