Paul Pickens Killed in Savannah, TN, Truck Rollover Accident
Savannah, TN -- January 4, 2017, Paul Pickens sustained fatal injuries following an accident where a lumber truck overturned, injuring him.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials released preliminary details surrounding the accident. It happened in Savannah while 67-year-old Pickens was working for Roach Saw Mill & Lumber Company. His obituary described him as a Forestry Consultant and Timber Buyer.
According to preliminary details, as Pickens was working, a lumber truck somehow overturned and fatally injured him. It's not clear how this happened or whether or not Pickens was driving the vehicle at the time.
OSHA did not release any details on factors surrounding the accident, and it's unclear what their investigations uncovered.
Additional details require further investigation.
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I haven't been able to find many details about this accident beyond OSHA's, "Worker killed when vehicle overturned." My concern here is that the approach to addressing the issues that caused the accident have been just as shallow as the approach to reporting the accident itself. How is anyone supposed to know if problems have or haven't been solved if the problems aren't explained in the first place?
Let's say, hypothetically that Pickens wasn't inside the vehicle when this happened. Who was? Why did it overturn? Were safety procedures being followed? Were they sufficient to begin with? How could this accident have been avoided? OSHA tends to ask these kinds of questions, but many affected by work accidents find OSHA's work doesn't extend beyond finding violations, issuing a fine of a few thousand dollars, and leaving families with no more answers then they had before.
And let's say Mr. Pickens was driving the vehicle. What caused it to flip over? Was he driving on a highway? On company property? Was another vehicle involved? On top of that, it's a well known issue that many commercial trucks simply aren't designed well enough to protect truck drivers. Lawyers are usually seen as anti-trucker, but any attorney worth his or her salt knows truck drivers are incredibly vulnerable to insufficient safety features when rollovers occur. Our article below goes further in-depth on that subject for those looking to learn more.
My point is this: if no news articles are reporting on this accident, and OSHA's report offers no insight, how do we know those affected most by this accident ever found out what happened to their loved one? More importantly, how can we be sure that any dangerous conditions which might have contributed to this accident have been properly addressed? It's crucial that the families of work accident victims find justice for their loss, but it's also necessary to fix these problems so no families have to suffer similar tragedies in the future. Having work accidents looked at by an independent professional alone will not solve all of the problems that follow such a tragic event, but it is an important step to finding some sense of closure in a time of hardship.
--Grossman Law Offices