Levi Linton Killed in Lumber Truck Accident at Standale Lumber in Kent County, MI
UPDATE (October 31, 2022): Officials identified the victim of the Grandville area lumber accident as 51-year-old Levi Linton. Details surrounding Linton's death are still under investigation.
Kent County, MI -- October 26, 2022, one person was killed after an accident where lumber fell off a truck at Standale Lumber.
Initial details said that the incident took place at around 11:00 a.m. at Standale Lumber located at 2971 Franklin Avenue in the Grandville area.
It appears that a 51-year-old truck driver was outside of the vehicle while it was being unloaded. Something occurred which caused part of the lumber load to fall, landing on the man.
Due to the incident, the man succumbed to fatal injuries. Right now, no further information is available.
Commentary on Levi Linton Lumber Truck Accident in Kent County
Folks may be quick to write this tragedy off as just some work accident that's going to be neatly wrapped up thanks to OSHA and workers' comp. The reality is there could be far more complex factors that make it crucial for the victim's loved ones to have as much information going forward as possible. Simply put, this terrible event may warrant consequences beyond what those two system can address on their own.
For example, a key factor I always look into with similar incidents is both who is responsible for the factor which led to the fatal injuries and who that person worked for. The reason that matters is because workers' comp generally restricts employees from taking their own employers to court after an accident. However, those restrictions don't necessarily apply when someone from one company makes a mistake that harms someone from another company.
So, were the people involved here co-workers? Was the truck driver just there to drop off the load, and workers unloading the lumber made a deadly mistake? Was it the truck driver unloading the cargo on his own? Was this some unusual circumstance the workers and the victim couldn't have seen coming? Answering these questions will no doubt be key to ensuring the victim's loved ones get the help and the answers they deserve.