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The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has fined Pacific Topsoils, a landscaping and supply company based in Everett, Washington $199,000 for safety violations relating to the death of Bradley Hogue, 19.

Hogue was killed on his second day of work when he fell into a machine used in distributing “beauty” bark onto a property.

L&I cited Pacific Topsoils for “two willful and 14 serious violations” related to Hogue’s death. L&I Assistant Director Anne Soiza said:

 “The loss of this young man’s life is a tragedy that could have been prevented if the employer had followed basic safety and health rules that protect workers from moving machinery. We hope this citation and the penalties serve as a deterrent so that nothing like this ever happens again.”

In citing Pacific Topsoils, L&I found that the company had workers clear jams in the bark-blower truck hoppers when the hoppers were operating. This exposed workers to very hazardous conditions, all which were potentially life threatening.

L&I cited Pacific Topsoils for two willful violations:

  1. Not ensuring lockout/tagout procedures were regularly used.
  2. Not properly training employees in use of these procedures.

A willful violation is one in which an employer knowingly disregarded or was indifferent to employee safety.

seattle construction accident attorneyIn addition to the fines to Pacific Topsoils, L&I issued a bark and mulch-blower hazard alert to other companies about the dangers of working inside a hopper while it is under operation. L&I informed operators that two workers have been killed and another seriously injured in separate accidents

It is incumbent on employers to follow manufacturer’s safety instructions and to develop safety rules, procedures and training when operating dangerous equipment.

Work Related Accidents and Wrongful Death

The Farber Law Group is a Washington law firm dedicated to providing legal services for people who have suffered serious personal injuies related to work-related and construction accidents. We have worked with families with their wrongful death claims related to on-the-job accidents.

It is a tragedy when a worker is seriously injured in a job-related accident or a family member killed. In Washington state, when a construction worker is hurt on the job, worker’s compensation pays the cost of the injury if the employer is injured.

When a loved one is killed in a construction or in an on-the-job accident a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed claim against the employer claiming negligence by the spouse or children of the deceased. A wrongful death lawsuit is often the best way for a family to pursue financial compensation for the loss of their loved one. Damages can include earnings the deceased person would have provided, funeral expenses, lost benefits including insurance, loss of consortium and punitive damages designed to punish. Damages can be especially helpful to families in which there are minor children to raise.

If you have questions about a personal injury or wrongful death claim, please contact The Farber Law Group today. Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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hard_hat.jpgA taped measure dropped by a construction worker who was working 50 stories up in a high rise has resulted in the death of a man who was delivering sheet rock to the construction site.

The New York Post reports that Gary Anderson, 58, was killed by the 1-pound dropped tape measure. Anderson’s hard hat was in his pickup truck.

This tragic construction accident highlights the importance of head protection when working or visiting construction sites.

Hard hats protect against injury on construction sites

Hard hats have been widely used at construction and industrial work places since 1938. The hats or helmets protect the head from injury from falling objects, debris, impact with other objects, and electric shock. Hard hats have proven to prevent or lessen head injuries from falling objects, falls and bumps against a protruding object.

Hard hats are designed to have 1.2 inch suspension between the helmet’s shell and the worker’s head so that, when struck, the blow to the head is deflected. The suspension acts as a shock absorber.

Hard hats provide important head protection and, besides protecting the skull, it protects the eyes, nose, ears, and mouth.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the majority of fatal impact injuries on construction sites occurred to workers who were not wearing a helmet. Helmets are important safety devices for everyone who enters a construction site.

Employers are responsbile for ensuring every person on a construction site wear a safety helmet whenever there is a risk of a head injury and it is required whenever there is demolition work.

Types of hard hats

There are different types of hard hats. Class A helmets protect against impact, penetration and low-voltage electrical current. Class B helmets protect against high-volt electrical conductors. Class C helmets protect against impact and penetration only.

The life span of hard hat is typically five years depending on the wear and tear on the helmet. However, it is recommended that the suspension system be replaced every year.

Washington attorney represent construction accident victims

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in construction accidents and the family of those killed.
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A construction worker fell several stories to his death while on a ladder at the new Bellevue College Health Sciences Building which is under construction. The construction accident occurred on Monday morning around 10:30 am.

Bellevue police say that the 31-year-old construction worker was on the 4th floor and fell approximately 50 feete.

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries is investigating the accident. The man who died was working for Evergreen Erectors, Inc. He apparently was wearing a safety harness. Often construction workers wear a lanyard or another device which attaches to a lifeline. These harnesses are usually kept short to minimize a fall distance.

Construction work is a dangerous occupation, especially when working on ladders and scaffolding.

Ladder and Scaffolding Falls

Ladder and scaffolding falls are some of the most serious hazards at construction sites. Injury or death can occur in the case of a defective ladder, windy conditions, slippery surfaces or poor footing. The investigation into the accident should determine the factors which caused the accident .

Bellevue Construction Accident Attorney

Whenever a loved one is killed or seriously injured in a construction accident, the family often wants answers to their questions: What caused the accident? Was someone at fault? Was someone negligent? Had their loved one received proper training? Did equipment fail?

Herbert Farber, a Bellevue construction accident attorney, is experienced with working with investigators to get to the bottom of the cause of the accident and will help a family determine whether they have a valid claim against their employer or a third party. If possible, Mr. Farber will help maximize a financial recovery by pursuing workers’ compensation benefits.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious construction accident of if a loved one has died in a fatal construction accident, The Farber Law Group is here to be of assistance to you. We have more than 30 years experience representing accident victims and their families.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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Bellevue personal injury attorney represents workers injured in forklift accidents and the family of those killed
forklift and construcation accident lawyerForklift trucks are amazing industrial machines which can be found in almost every warehouse and manufacturing plant and on many construction sites across the U.S. Forklift sales are enormous with sales of over $30 billion in 2013. There are four basic types of lift trucks: Diesel powered; Electric powered; Gasoline powered; LP-Gas powered
Forklifts have increased warehouse capacity by allowing for narrower aisles and higher stacking levels.

Unfortunately, there are approximately 85 workers killed in forklift accidents and another 34,900 workers who are seriously injured. 42% of all fatal forklift accidents occur when a forklift tips, crushing the operator.  

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates the use of forklifts or lift trucks throughout the U.S. because they pose hazards to both forklift drivers as well as pedestrians working in proximity to the forklift. OSHA requires that forklift operators be at least 18 years of age and that the operator get certified for the class of forklift they are using.

CFR1910.178: “Only trained and authorized operators shall be permitted to operate a powered industrial truck.”

Forklift hazards
Depending on the type of forklift, different hazards are presented. For example, a hand truck forklift is more apt to be involved in a falling load accident because a sit-down rider truck has a higher lift capacity.

Types of forklift accidents

  • Driving forklift accidentally off of a loading duck
  • For k lift falls between a trailer that is not secured and a loading dock
  • Fork lift hit crashing into another motor vehicle accident
  • Forklift drift or tip over accident
  • Driver attempting to perform stunts
  • Tip over accident caused by unbalanced load
  • Items not being properly fastened to a pallet that the forklift is lifting
  • Forklift operator attempting to go through a narrow aisle with a wide load

Forklift training
Good forklift operating training begins with a qualified instructor. Instructors must have sufficient experience, knowledge and teaching skills to train others.

Operators must earn their certificate and then get refresher training if and when they are observed operating a forklift unsafely, if they’ve received an unsatisfactory evaluation, whenever they are required to operator a different type of lift or when workplace conditions have changed sufficiently to require additional training.

If you or a loved one was seriously hurt in a forklift accident, you should seek legal advice to protect your rights to workers’ compensation and for potential liability claims against your workplace or or a third party. The Farber Law Group has more than 30 years legal experience and we have helped many injured workers maximize their compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and for other non-economic damages. We also assist families whose loved ones have been killed with their wrongful death claims.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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seattle_construction accident lawyerThe Seattle Fire Department’s (SFD) technical rescue team helped to rescue two construction workers from a construction site at 600 Leonora Street on Thursday around 12:40pm.

According to the SFD, three construction workers were injured apparently due to a machinery malfunction. Two of the construction workers were in a pit 60 to 75 feet below ground. The construction company’s crane was used in the rescue.

Two workers were taken to the hospital with ankle injuries and one worker suffered a minor head injury.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that there were 4,114 American workers killed on-the-job in private industry in 2011. Of those killed, approximately 17% were construction workers.

Leading causes of Washington construction accident injuries and deaths

Hit by an object accidents — as construction materials are being moved around a construction site, workers can be injured when a material or piece of equipment strikes a worker. Being struck by a moving object can result in a head injury, fractures and back or neck injuries.

Slip and fall accidents are one of the causes of death in construction accidents. Slip and fall accidents are often caused by uneven walking surfaces, wet or icy floors, greasy floors or due to construction debris. Other workplace falls occur when a worker falls of a ladder or elevated structure such a scaffold. Slip and fall accidents can result in head injuries, fractures, or back injuries.

Crushing accidents are a type of accident in which a worker becomes crushed or pinned when a trench collapses or crushed by a piece of machinery or falling construction materials.

Electrocution accidents occur when a worker comes into contact with faulty wiring, downed power lines or other electrical hazards.
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A large digital sign board fell at an Alabama airport killing a young boy, Luke Bressette, and critically injuring at least one other person.

Fox4kc.com quotes a witness, Larry Snyder, saying that a family was crushed underneath the sign which is estimated to weigh between 300 and 400 pounds.

The accident occurred in a section of the Birmingham airport that had been recently renovated.

It appears that faulty construction or installation of the sign board may be the cause of this terrible accident. Our condolences go out to the Luke’s family and those affected by this incident.

An investigation will most certainly discover the reason the sign fell and in what part of the design and build process failed to adequately fasten the sign to the wall.

This incident is reminiscent of the myriad of accidents we have seen where a TV or heaving piece of furniture has fallen, seriously injuring or killing a young child.

Most people aren’t aware the hazards of improperly mounted TVs or, in this case, signage can pose to people.

In Seattle, we had three separate incidents of glass balcony railing panels falling from upper floors at the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences near Seattle’s Pike Place Market to the sidewalks below. Luckily, no one was injured in these three incidents but one could easily see how a person walking below could have been killed.

Those injured in the incident and the young Luke’s family will certainly have a claim against many parties because of the falling sign. They may have a claim against the construction company, the airport and the sign company among other potential liable parties.
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If you have some kind of accident, such as a car accident, workplace accident, or even if you slip and fall on someone else’s property, you may suddenly find yourself trying to learn all you can about personal injury law.

Personal injury law covers personal accidents and damages that can be awarded when claims are made.

While you can file a personal injury claim for any type of accident, there are some things you should understand about personal injury law and how you can win your case.

For starters, accidents do happen, but sometimes they are just that-accidents, meaning no one is to blame. In these cases you probably won’t get far in the way of a personal injury claim.

If you file a claim and expect to be compensated for damages, you need to be able to clearly demonstrate that the party you are filing the claim against could have prevented the accident. For example, if you are walking down the street and fall on the sidewalk in front of someone’s house because you simply weren’t paying attention to where you were going, you are probably going to have a hard time getting a settlement from the homeowner. If, however you fall because the homeowner failed to remove a branch, or ice, or something else from the sidewalk and you fall, that homeowner may be responsible for your accident and may have to pay your medical bills or any other costs associated with the accident.

While this may seem like simple logic, personal injury law is a complex, and sometimes controversial topic. Many politicians feel that the amount of damages one can receive in a personal injury claim should be capped to a certain amount. Different accidents require different things however. Maybe you not only have medical bills from an accident, but you also can’t return to work due to a hospital stay. You lose money by not working, should the responsible party not be held liable for these damages as well?

Personal injury law is hard to navigate, and for that reason, if you feel like you need to file a personal injury claim, you should immediately contact a lawyer for advice. The lawyer can tell you what they think your chances are of a settlement and what the next step should be. You should get compensated if you have an accident that is not your fault, and a lawyer can help make that happen.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured due to construction accidents, motor vehicle accidents and slip trip and fall accidents.

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Workplace injuries are fairly common, and the cost of these accidents cost companies and businesses billions of dollars each year. Your workplace has probably dealt with a workers compensation claim at some point, and if they haven’t yet, they probably will.

The key to understanding workers’ compensation law is as simple as understanding one thing: Employees want to avoid lawsuits that could cost them a lot of money and in some case shut them down. If an employee gets injured, the workers compensation acts as insurance against that; it pays medical bills and missed work costs so that the employee doesn’t have to take the claim to court.

Of course, like any law, there is more to workers compensation law than just that, but that is the basic principle.

Workers’ compensation law basically follows a “no fault” rule that means they have to give workers’ comp benefits no matter who is responsible for the accident. There are instances where this rule may be waived; for example if an employee injures himself because of excessive drug or alcohol use, or if they cause the injury themselves, they are not eligible to file a claim. Hurting yourself while not at work generally takes away your right to file a claim, as does having an accident while you are committing a crime. The exact rules of workers’ compensation law differs from state to state, so you’ll need to check your state’s law to find information on whether or not your particular injury is covered.

In some states, certain kinds of employees are not eligible for workers’ compensation. Volunteers, domestic servants, contractors, farmers, or consultants may fall into the category of not qualifying for benefits. If you only work part time, you may not qualify either. So you should check with your employer or your attorney if you are unsure, especially if you have a particularly dangerous job where you may be more likely to hurt yourself. A farmer for example has a lot of potential to injure himself on the job; not being covered under workers’ compensation law can be devastating in the event of an accident that keeps him from working. Always make sure you have a plan in case something tragic was to happen and you can’t work.

Workers’ compensation law doesn’t have to be hard to understand, but you should always know your rights before you have an accident.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in on-the-job-accidents and the family of those killed.

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The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that a man was critically injured in a Seattle garbage truck accident on Monday afternoon around 1:20pm.

According to their report, the unidentified man was riding on the rear of the CleanScapes garbage truck when he fell off as the truck turned from 28th onto Galer in the Magnolia neighborhood.

The injured man was taken to Harborview Medical Center with a critical head injury.

It is unclear what made the man fall but speed or driver impairment were not factors in the on-the-job accident.

In accidents such as this where a person is injured while on-the-job, the injured party or his family are advised to contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer who can carefully examine the accident and identify any negligence. Any employee who has sustained an injury in the course of his or her employment has a potential workers’ compensation claim.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have suffered work-related injuries and the family of those who have died.
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Three employees at a Tennessee chemical plant are in critical condition after they suffered burn injuries after an explosion or fire near a furnace
This is the third injury accident at the Hoeganaes Corporation plant this year. The incident will be investigated by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB).

In January of this year, a flash fire killed a worker and injured another worker who died just a few days ago. A second accident occurred on March 29. Both of these fires involved combustible iron dust.

The plant has been criticized for not addressing safety hazards including letting dust accumulate 2-3 inches deep on surfaces throughout the factory.

This construction accident is very tragic for those who are clinging to life and their families. It is a stark reminder that workplace safety must be paramount for any corporation.

In on-the-job accidents such as this, the injured and the families of deceased workers are advised to contact a personal injury lawyer to find out information about their worker’s compensation benefits and whether they are eligible to file a negligence or third-party claim.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in workplace accidents. We have more than 30 years representing victims and their families.

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4 Workers Hurt in Tennessee Plant
Fox News Published: May 27, 2011
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