NC man injured in FL hotel construction accident

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a construction accident that injured a North Carolina man at a Florida hotel to determine if agency standards were ignored or broken. Officials from OSHA say the investigation could take up to six months.

The accident occurred when Jeffery Beal was unloading furniture into a room at the Plantation Beach Club Hotel in Stuart, Florida from a forklift outside of the room’s balcony. The forklift’s operator alleges that the machine’s brakes failed and caused it to roll down a ramp backwards. Beal lost his footing after the brakes failed and fell two stories from the balcony.

Sheriff’s reports state that Beal was not wearing a safety harness and that the forklift operator told his supervisor about the brake problem before the accident. In addition, records show that the forklift was not using extra mechanical supports, called outriggers, at the time of the accident.

As of last Wednesday, Beal was reported to be in critical but stable condition at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce, Florida.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, contact the Raleigh construction equipment malfunction attorneys of Scudder Seguin, PLLC at (919) 851-3311 to learn more about your rights.