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Robotic Lift System Kills One and Severely Injures Another

When it works correctly, technology is great. In this case, unfortunately, it did not work correctly, and two people’s lives were changed because of it.

One never expects an accident to happen, especially on a job you have been doing for years. Unfortunately though, accidents can and do happen without warning. In this case, one man was seriously injured and another killed while on the job at a Pepsi warehouse.

The two men were at work in the warehouse when a robotic lift system that moved completely loaded palettes, suddenly collapsed. It was 20 feet up in the air and fully loaded at the time. The palette crashed to the ground, crushing one man instantly and leaving the second one with life threatening leg wounds.

When EMS crews got to the scene, they extracted the one man still alive and rushed him to the hospital for immediate emergency care. The other man was lifted out of the area shortly after. Those on scene wondered why the men were in the area where the arm was in operation, as this was not permitted. A preliminary investigation revealed that the arm was undergoing maintenance when it collapsed. This, of course, raises the question as to why it was operating while the men were working on it.

OSHA officials plan to make a trip to the facility to try and determine the cause of the collapse. There may be safety violations identified at a later date. In the meantime, two families have been seriously affected by the death and the injury of a loved one.

The family of the deceased worker may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit; the injured worker may pursue a personal injury case. The investigation may result in a finding of negligence. Was the arm defective? Did someone else trigger it while the men were in the area? Was there an electrical malfunction? Were both men operating according to the safety rules? Were there safety rules in place to deal with maintenance of the arm? Why was it in operation while the men were working on it?

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Daren Monroe writes for Litigation Funding Corp. To learn more about lawsuit funding and litigation funding, visit Litigationfundingcorp.com.

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