• February 21, 2017

Marion Ravenell Killed in Phoenix, AZ, Loading Dock Accident

Phoenix, AZ -- October 11, 2016, Marion Ravenell was killed as the result of an accident where he was hit by a truck at a loading dock.

OSHA officials released a report concerning the fatal incident. They say it happened at the Berger Transfer & Storage facility located at 602 South 54th Avenue.

According to the report, Ravenell was working at the facility at a loading dock. In events that are not clear, a tractor-trailer at the dock somehow collided into him. He suffered fatal injuries as a result.

Beyond this, OSHA has not released any additional details.

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Commentary

It's unfortunate to see this accident, like many, has received no attention from news outlets. Work accidents like this used to be covered rather well, but news sites don't seem to care anymore. This is troublesome considering the OSHA report on this accident basically just says, "Worker was struck and killed by a semi." That's hardly enough information for those who knew the victim and are looking for answers. There's no way to know for sure what happened, but I've seen many loading dock accidents happen in the past that were caused by dangerous working environments.

A loading dock area can be very hectic and incredibly noisy depending on how busy the area is. Add to that the amount of heavy, moving machinery, and you have a recipe for disaster if someone slacks on their attention to safety. As a result, we see many accidents like this where a semi driver doesn't see a worker in its path or a worker can't hear a truck coming behind them. Sometimes this can just be a tragic lapse in judgement, but other times it's the ultimate consequence of a systematic breakdown of safety practices. It's something we've addressed in the past, and problems still exist to this day despite the widespread technology available to combat these exact issues.

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With a report as bare as six words, it's no wonder these problems aren't being addressed. You can't fix a problem if you don't know what the problem is. This is why I always advocate for private investigations with any accident--car, work, truck, etc. By conducting a private investigation, victims and their families can cut through the vague and incomplete stories typically given by authorities and go straight to the source. Getting an independent professional to look over an accident will help uncover details previously unmentioned and help get to the bottom of exactly what factors contributed to the accident.

It could turn out that the accident was in fact a freak tragedy, or it could happen that dangerous conditions surrounding the victim caused their injuries. Whatever the case, no forward progress can be made until all of the facts come to light.

--Grossman Law Offices

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