Greenville, SC — A worker with the Greenville Public Works’ sanitation department was killed last Friday (November 29, 2013) after a fatal accident. News reports confirmed on Saturday that 22-year old Bruce Gordon III was killed at about 9:00 a.m. last Friday morning when his garbage truck ran over him on Marshall Court Drive.
The accident happened when Gordon was working behind the garbage truck and was collecting trash as it rolled backwards. He was killed by the accident and the SCHP is apparently involved in the investigative process. It’s not clear if anyone was driving the truck at the time.
It’s not clear if OSHA will be handling an investigation at this point.
Approximate Site of the Accident
Under normal circumstances, an accident like this would be handled by a workers’ comp program as mandated by the local government. However, this doesn’t usually account for a third-party claim, which would be applicable if there were some faulty mechanical part on the truck that contributed to the accident. Since the news reports didn’t mention what caused the truck to start moving, this is one explanation. However, I obviously didn’t witness the accident and so I don’t want to presume. In Texas, workers’ comp is actually not required for business owners, though most opt for it. In my experience, I’ve found the notion of a workers’ comp system to be woefully insufficient to actually compensate the workers’ families. The entire ordeal is typically heavily favored toward the employer, as it provides them a “bulletproof vest” for lawsuits regarding negligence – even gross negligence.
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