When a family man loses his life, the surviving family members lose so much, too. Such is true for the surviving family of Mr. Herold Ambroise, a husband and a father who suffered from a tragic incident while working.
Mr. Ambroise was a concrete contractor, laying down a new curb near the Palm Beach International Airport, when the concrete truck he and a crew were operating inexplicably turned on its side with him underneath. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are both investigating the incident.
It’s unknown from media reports at this time what happened, but the surviving family members deserve to know the truth.
What caused the concrete truck to turn onto its side?
Very few details have been released regarding the investigation into this tragic fatal accident. What we do know is that the accident happened around 10:00 a.m. last Saturday, August 6th. The roadways were wet at the time from recent precipitation.
We also know that a 28,000-pound concrete mixer truck, similar to the one involved in this incident, can weigh almost twice as much as that – over 50,000 pounds – when fully loaded. These trucks have a relatively high center of gravity, and are known to be prone to tipping.
It seems from scene photos that the truck which killed Mr. Ambroise was at the time of the accident parked, but no one has confirmed that publicly. Also, it’s unknown whether there was any visible damaged caused to the truck, perhaps by say, an unknown passing vehicle that may have clipped the truck, causing it to tip over.
Another scenario could be that the concrete was mixed improperly, allowing the substance to harden inside the truck’s barrel quicker than it should have. As the barrel spins, the mixture hardens, and sticks to the inside wall of the barrel. The more that sticks, the heavier it becomes. As it spins clockwise, the left-hand side of the truck can tip as it comes around.
Given the forces of gravity and inertia, it’s possible to imagine a scenario in which a potentially improper mixture of concrete and water caused the truck to tip over on its own, as it spun the mix. Mr. Ambroise way have simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The surviving family members can find answers with a personal injury lawyer
The family will have to wait for the answers to many of their most pressing questions. From similar incidents in which we represented the families of those killed by an act of negligence, we know that the respective investigations by OSHA and PBSO could take up to six months to complete. Those official and separate investigations when complete will contain an official, documented account of the facts of what happened.
Until then, the family should consider hiring a competent, trustworthy and experienced wrongful death lawyer. Our firm represents the surviving family of victims killed in acts of workplace negligence. Mr. Craig Goldenfarb personally oversees our wrongful death practice, as he is the managing attorney for sensitive, critical cases such as this one.
Surviving family members may be able to recover future lost wages, compensation for funeral and burial arrangements, and compensation for pain and suffering as a result of a tragic act of negligence such as the one that took Mr. Ambroise’s life.
If someone you know has been killed in an accident, please consider calling the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A. MR. Goldenfarb and his staff of committed attorneys and paralegals will meet with the family for a personal, confidential and completely free consultation.