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Did Lax Safety Measures Lead to This Firefighter’s Injuries?

Did negligence lead to this Nashville Fire recruit’s injuries? Video of a training drill at Nashville’s new training tower shows recruit Jennifer Lockhart being slowly lowered on a rope when she suddenly drops to the ground, landing on her oxygen tank. She and others were practicing a Nance drill, in which firefighters lower themselves on ropes to rescue fallen comrades. Lockhart remembers hitting the ground and losing all feeling from the waist down. She screamed, believing she was paralyzed, before falling unconscious. Lockhart and another recruit told investigators that prior to the training exercise, she asked her District Chief for an extra rope for the safety line. Immediately prior to being lowered on the rope, Lockhart asked again. She claims the District Chief denied her both times. The District Chief says he does not recall her asking for an additional safety line. Lockhart believes she may have been discriminated against…
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Can I File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against an Employer?

Sadly, according to WBBJ-TV, a Metro Nashville Public Works employee was killed on July 14 after a garbage truck struck him. The news outlet reported that the 19-year-old employee was riding on the back of the truck when its driver backed into an alley, pinning him between the vehicle and a wall. After the truck moved following the pinning, the worker fell underneath the vehicle’s passenger tires. The employee died at the scene of the accident, which remains under investigation. Metro Police said that as of last week, the incident appeared to be a “tragic accident” and it was not suspicious. Fatal Workplace Accidents. Why Should I Speak to an Attorney? As we reported in April, if your loved one is killed in a workplace accident, you should speak to our Nashville injury attorney. If negligence contributed to a workplace accident, you could hold your loved one’s employer liable via…
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Examples of Workplace Safety Hazards

Did you know that you could seek workers’ compensation benefits or file a third-party lawsuit following a workplace accident? Additionally, employers who allow dangerous conditions to be present on jobsites can face substantial fines.  We bring this subject up because recently the Department of Energy proposed a fine of $150,000 against a former contractor at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. The Associated Press reported that the contractor has been involved in two serious injury events. In 2013, a worker reportedly suffered respiratory injuries, as well as harm to his face and scalp, after he was exposed to lithium hydride. The worker was reportedly not wearing sufficient safety gear while he was performing tasks. Additionally, in 2013, two security guards were injured when a machine gun accidentally discharged inside of an armored vehicle owned by the company. In response to the possible fine, the company said that it…
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