Posted On: December 30, 2009

Birmingham Personal Injury News: OHSA Fines Alabama Company after Teenager was Injured in Industrial Accident

On-the-job accidents and other mishaps at work can result in a range of injuries, from minor to severe. Occasionally, fatal accidents do occur at work. One problem is that most people do not take sufficient precautions, but employers also have a great responsibility to provide a safe work environment for their employees. As a Birmingham personal injury lawyer, I see stories in the news every week about workers hurt or killed on the job.

Lately, a news account illustrated the potential for injury on the job, even for a young person. According to reports, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) fined an Ashford, Alabama, manufacturing company after a 15-year-old boy received severe injuries when he accidentally fell into a wood processing machine on June 8 last year.

Referred to as a freak industrial accident, reports said that Brian Jacobs Jr. broke both his legs after he fell into an auger machine at the Summerford Pallet plant near old Highway 84 and Houston County Road 55. Jacobs was reportedly helping his stepfather, Jeff Davis, while he worked at the plant.

Fortunately for the teen, he recovered from his injuries. However, OSHA officials felt the safety measures at the plant were lacking. Summerford Pallet reportedly received nine violations and a total of $6,000 in fines from the federal government . The incident was made public by a recent Freedom of Information Act request made by the Dothan Eagle to OSHA.

The information supplied shoed that Summerford Pallet were hit with the citations and fine from on a number of safety violations discovered at the plant based on a two-day inspection following the accident.

According to news reports, on the day of the accident emergency responders from several different agencies worked for almost three hours to free the boy from the machinery, which is used to grind up mulch at the plant.

An AIRHeart helicopter took the boy to the nearby Southeast Alabama Medical Center, where he was admitted to the medical facility’s intensive care unit. Doctors apparently performed successful surgery to save the boy’s legs.


OSHA fines company where teen broke his legs while helping stepfather, AL.com, December 15, 2009


Local Teen hurt in accident in fair condition, DothanEagle.com, June 9, 2009

Tags: Alabama Personal Injury Attorney, Birmingham Injury Lawyer, employer liability, fine, industrial accident, On-the-job Injury, OSHA, Workman's Compensation

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Posted On: December 16, 2009

Birmingham Injury Accident Update: Alabama Car, Truck and Motorcycle Accidents Pose Serious Consequences

No matter where you drive in Alabama, you probably know that single-car and multi-vehicle traffic accidents kill and maim hundreds of people every year. As a personal injury lawyer working in the Birmingham area, I understand the seriousness of urban, country road or interstate collisions. Families have been devistatedand and local communities severely impacted by car, truck and SUV accidents over the years. There are numerous types of accidents that occur weekly in this state, some are caused by other drivers, some are the result of defective equipment, such as faulty brakes or poorly designed safety components.


Car and Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) Accidents
If you have ever been injured or have had your property destroyed or damaged by a negligent automobile driver, you know the cost of such collisions. Pedestrians and occupants of other vehicles can be fatally injured in crashes involving passenger cars, pickup trucks and SUVs. Hospital stays and medical costs related to such accidents can run in the tens of thousands of dollars, especially for serious injuries requiring long-term recovery times.

Personal injuries caused by traffic accidents can result in life-altering circumstances for both the victim and his or her family. Whiplash, burns to the body, hands or head, not ot mention spinal cord paralysis and nerve damage are just a few of the many serious injuries that can occur in a vehicle-related crash.


Tractor-trailer Trucking Accidents
Add the extra weight and size of a tractor-trailer rig and victims can easily die at the scene of an accident. Those persons lucky enough to survive a collision with a semi can sometimes be laid up for weeks or months recovering from broken bones or severe trauma to the head, neck or spinal column.

Of course, as members of the driving public we expects truck drivers to be safety-conscious professionals who follow all of the necessary federal and state traffic and safety laws. Most do, but there is a percentage of big rig drivers who may not. Sometimes it’s not a deliberate act that can cause a trucking accident, but a seemingly minor thing like driver fatigue.


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Posted On: December 2, 2009

Alabama Injury News: Toyota Recalls Another 110,000 Vehicles for Dangerous Defect on Pickup Truck Frames

From time to time I hear of potentially life threatening situations created by faulty or poorly designed automobile parts and components. Recently, Toyota recalled 110,000 2000-2003 model year Tundra pickup trucks because of a dangerous rust problem that could affect the mounting hardware holding the spare tire to the frame.

As a Birmingham personal injury lawyer, I understand how a seemingly minor mechanical or structural problem on a passenger car can easily lead to injury or even death. My job is to help those victims and their families who have been injured or suffered as a result of someone else’s negligence.

The defect mentioned in a recent news article could cause the Tundra’s spare tire to become detached from the vehicle’s frame and fall onto the roadway in front of other cars and trucks, which could cause those drivers to lose control and possibly crash. At highway speeds, this could result in multi-vehicle accidents. I’m glad that Toyota has taken the steps to recall these defective trucks so that they don’t become potential hazards on the road.

Apparently the federal government has urged owners of these vehicles to take preventative action by advising them to remove the spare tire from the frame before a dangerous situation occurs.

According to reports, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into excessive rust on Tundra frames this past October after receiving 20 complaints of what the agency refers to as severe frame corrosion. The NHTSA also said that it received 15 reports of the spare tire (carried under the pickup bed) allegedly separating from the frame. Five other complaints alleged that the vehicle’s brake lines were broken or damaged because of the rusty condition of the frame.

Although the recently announced recall involves Tundras registered in 20 "cold weather" states, the NHTSA said owners of 2000-2003 Tundras registered elsewhere will also be notified to have their vehicles inspected and repaired if the owners desire. If you own an affected model that was purchased from a rust belt state, you may want to be especially cautious.

Tundra owners will soon be contacted by Toyota to take their trucks to a Toyota dealer for an inspection of the rear crossmember. If the inspection shows that it can no longer safely support the spare tire, the crossmember assembly will be replaced, according to Toyota. If no significant rust is found, a corrosion-resistant compound will be applied to the frame. Toyota said the inspections and repairs will be done at no charge to owners.


Toyota to recall 110,000 Tundras over rust, MSNBC.com, November 24, 2009

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