The father of a 12-year-old girl who died after equipment fell on her last year at a construction site in Redding, California, has filed suit against the contractor and the equipment manufacturer. Tess Stevens died last summer after jumping to grab a metal bar. The L-shaped piece hooks onto front-end loaders to pick up equipment, much like a forklift. When Tess grabbed the bar, the machine tipped back on her and crushed her skull. In the suit, filed in a California state court, it’s alleged that the contractor, N&T Digmore Inc., should have fenced off the site or chained the equipment so that it wouldn’t tip over. Tess and three of her friends were passing through the subdivision construction site after working hours when she saw the bar. The four girls were on their way to a neighborhood park when the incident happened. It’s also alleged that the manufacturer, Iowa-based Cascade Manufacturing Co., was at fault because there was no warning label attached saying the device would tip easily if grabbed.
Source: Associated Press
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