Most manufacturing and construction sites are small enough that intraday transportation is not necessary. Workers arrive at their workplace and proceed to their work location, and their own two feet are sufficient for all the distance they need to cover over the course of their shift. But for larger-scale projects, or for certain industries such as mining, intraday transport is a necessary part of the day for most workers. This transportation can come in a variety of forms, dependent upon the type of worksite. Examples include:
- Mantrips and gondolas used to shuttle miners from place to place, or from outside the mine into its interior
- Temporary elevators, cranes, forklifts and other equipment used to transport construction workers to higher floors on multi-story projects
- Pickup trucks and other shuttles used to carry workers from one area of a large construction project to another
There are accident risks associated with each of these forms of intraday transportation. Elevators and forklifts present significant falling hazards, and pickup trucks and other shuttles are rollover risks, particularly if workers are transported in the bed of the truck.
A mantrip accident in Gary, West Virginia on February 17th is drawing attention to some of the industry-specific modes of transportation and the safety risks associated with them. Six miners were hospitalized after two Mantrips struck each other in a mine. Mantrips are one form of Underground Personnel Carrier and are often on tracks to prevent accidents like this from occurring.
Employers are responsible for the safety of these modes of intraday transportation. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a workplace accident, determining the extent to which safety protocols were adequate (or even followed) is important to ensure that these types of accidents are presented in the future. Contact an experienced lawyer who can help you hold the employer responsible for any negligence.