Robin Kelley was killed and four others were injured at Gallatin Steel when a large tire exploded while on a piece of equipment for changing tires. All five worked for Harsco Metals, Inc. The injured workers were David Davanzati, Jeffrey Huff, Thomas Gayle, and Andy Baumgartner. The Kentucky State Police are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the explosion and to determine if any safety violations occurred.
Our sympathies and condolences go out to the friends and family of Mr. Kelley as they cope with grieving process for this unparalleled loss, especially at this time of year. We also wish and hope for the quick and speedy recoveries of the other injured workers.
Although the police are conducting an investigation to determine the cause, and they typically good job, it is often important for someone involved in this type of accident, or a surviving family member or friend, to do their own investigation. Many times a thorough investigation will reveal information not identified in the police investigation, causes other than driver error and responsibility of other parties.
Hiring a lawyer experienced in handling industrial accidents and workplace injuries can assure a victim of such an incident, or the family, that their interests and rights are being protected. A lawyer experienced in handling these types of matters will know what to do to uncover any information and underlying causes that do not appear on the surface and may go unrecognized in other investigations.
There are a number of legal issues that have to be sorted through. For example, while all of the injured workers will have claims for workers' compensation benefits, they may also have claims against other responsible individuals or entities outside of the employer-employee relationship. Answers to questions such as whether some piece of the equipment and machinery being used was defective and whether there were any breaches of safety rules and regulations that led to the accident need to be explored and answered.
This consumer protection and accident victim information is provided by attorney Will Nefzger, a lawyer based in Louisville, Kentucky and a partner at Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger PLC. Click here, and it will take you to a page containing biographical and contact information and here to e-mail Will directly.