An employee of Wake County died in a workplace accident when a pneumatic jack slipped and the ambulance that the victim was working on fell and fatally crused him.
The jack, manufactured by Grey, slipped, according to an investigative report, and the ambulance upon which David Lee Champion was working on (unsupported by jack stands) fell. The North Carolina Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Division, continues to undertake an investigation regarding the incident.
Workplace injuries and deaths are covered under North Carolina’s Worker’s Compensation statutes. However, in many circumstances, there are other contributing factors, like equipment failure, that contributes to a worker’s injury or death, and therefore, claims otherwise not available under the worker’s compensation laws can be pursued against responsible third parties.