Tempe, AZ (June 23, 2022) – A forklift operator was killed on Thursday, June 16th at a job site in Tempe.
The incident took place at about 5:00 a.m. in the 1700th block of South Kachina Drive at a job site for United Southwest Components.
According to Tempe police, the forklift operator, a woman in her 20s whose name has not been released, was compliant with all safety measures while using the machine and her death was a tragic accident.
United Southwest Components is working with detectives to figure out the cause of the fatal accident.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Injuries on Construction Sites in Arizona
Hosting over 1.5 million residents and counting, Maricopa County has the fifth largest population of any county in the United States; one that continues to grow every single day. Predictive calculations suggest that, by the year 2025, Maricopa County will be home to more than 2.2 million people. This rate of expansion means development, and development means a boost in construction jobs, which is fantastic news for the state’s economy. More construction jobs, however, also lead to more accidents.
For most people, getting up in the morning and going to work without worrying about their safety is the norm. In the construction industry, a worker’s experience is far different. Construction and its related fields are some of the most dangerous industries in the United States, and, on a daily basis, workers face numerous perils that could endanger their lives, stable home life, financial future, and health.
The heavy machinery and dangerous equipment so ubiquitous on job sites can be treacherous to workers. Maricopa County construction site injuries can be the result of defective scaffolding, falling tools or objects, faulty equipment, motor vehicle accidents, electrocution, trip or slip-and-fall accidents, explosions, and OSHA safety violations committed by other workers, and multiple other factors.
Workers of any skill level are beset on all sides by potential accidents in any area of the job site. Repeated exposure to a toxic chemical can cause an occupational illness. A steel beam could fall from high up, hitting a worker on the head resulting in a traumatic brain injury. Stairs or trenches can collapse, hurting or killing a susceptible worker. On a job site, these life-threatening possibilities are in no short supply.
If you sustained injuries on a construction or other job site, contact the Arizona construction injury lawyers at Saavedra Law by calling (602) 753-8917 to schedule a confidential, no-obligation claim review with a member of our law firm as quickly as possible.
Note: Our writer used outside sources in the creation of this post. These sources include local news reports, local and state police incident reports, social media outlets, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents that take place in Arizona. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this accident. If you find any information that is not correct, contact Saavedra Law Firm, PLC as soon as possible so that we can correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available. We will remove this post upon request.
Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. None of the information in this post is intended to be medical or legal advice. If you have been injured in an accident, seek the help of a medical professional. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene.