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Auto auction accidents a source of workplace accidents

While new cars are often bought from dealers and off of the lots they maintain, used vehicles can come from a variety of different sources. Connecticut residents can purchase them from private parties or they may find a dealer who takes on previously owned vehicles to sell with their newer stock. In many cases, though, a buyer will find their "new" used vehicle at an auto auction or similar sales event.

An auto auction brings together vehicles, sellers and buyers in to one space where the buyers may bid on the cars, trucks, vans and other autos of their choosing. Bidding is fast and depending upon the size of the auction there may be dozens of vehicles moving in and out of the auction space at any given moment. With all of the commotion of motors and people crushing into a single auction event it may come as no surprise that a number of workers have been harmed in incidents at American auto auctions.

Poor training on how to drive the vehicles may be a cause of some of the most tragic auto auction accidents in recent history. For example in the last week three people were killed when a sport utility vehicle unexpectedly accelerated into a crowd that was viewing the auction event.

Workers also suffer significant harm when they must push, move, and maintain vehicles that they are not familiar with. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) generally manages worker safety at auto auction sites and the industry as a whole has made some necessary steps to prevent further victims from being created at automobile trading events.

Workplace injuries can happen in practically any type of business. Auto auctions have suffered several high profile cases that show how workers in this industry can be harmed. Victims of workplace accidents may wish to talk to workers' compensation lawyers about how they may secure compensation for their accident-related losses.

Source: bostonglobe.com, "Incidents at auto auctions prompting more safety measures," Katheleen Conti, May 5, 2017

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