The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been called in to investigate the incident. Results of the investigation may not be available for six months.
The employee fell two stories at shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday while unloading room furniture from a box on a balcony of the Plantation Beach Club. He was not wearing a safety harness and had been told to put his foot on the box, according to the sheriff’s report.
Employers are required to provide the proper safety equipment and training meant to keep employees safe on the job. When an employee is injured, whether in state or out of state, he or she may collect workers’ compensation and/or disability benefits. In certain circumstances where a third-party property owner or business owner can be proven negligent, an employee may also be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit.
In this case, the employee apparently lost his footing after a brake failed on a forklift that was holding the box up outside the building. The forklift rolled backward. The forklift operator reportedly told his boss of the brake problem before the accident. The forklift also lacked mechanical supports, called outriggers.
The employee was transported to the hospital where he was listed in critical but stable condition three days after the accident.
If you are dealing with a work accident in North Carolina or are dealing with a worker’s compensation or disability claim, contact the Law Offices of Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.