Roger Dale Goad of Henry County, Virginia (VA) was working with his son to dismantle an old dock. Suddenly, the 10-ton crane he was using came loose from the barge where it was operating and plunged into Smith Mountain Lake, according to ABC 13. Reports indicate Roger got trapped inside the crane and drowned.
My deepest condolences go out to Roger’s friends and family.
As an injury lawyer who works for a firm that represents people seriously hurt in these types of accidents, I know what can happen when a piece of machinery fails to operate properly. The propensity for major harm or death is not uncommon.
In 2008, there were 82 deaths associated with crane accidents and 217 deaths in connection with construction-related equipment. In addition, the number of industrial accidents has increased over the past three years.
Roger was just 54 years old and leaves behind a family. This tragedy needs to remind us how dangerous industrial equipment can be and there need to be proper safety measures taken when operating any piece of machinery.
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