[Auberry, CA] – Scott Ramsey Killed in Forklift Type Boom Truck Crash on Trimmer Springs Road
Scott Ramsey Killed in Auberry Forklift Type Boom Truck Crash
November 12, 2020 – Scott Ramsey, age 48, passed away on Monday. Moreover, he was killed in a forklift type boom truck crash on Trimmer Springs Road.
Additionally, this happened near the PG&E Balch Camp Hydroelectric facility.
He was behind another truck down a narrow and winding mountain road. As a result, his right-side tires swerved off the edge of the roadway.
Then, the forklift truck overturned and slid down the steep mountainside.
The truck finally came to a stop near the Kings River, which is about 150 slide down.
Luckily, contractors were working nearby. Moreover, they were conducting steep angle rescue training near the remote area.
Alerted to the situation, they were able to use their ropes and climbing gear to get down to Mr. Ramsey’s location.
The Fresno County Sheriff helicopter Eagle-1 met with the rescue crew. Furthermore, they met with members of the Fresno County Fire/CALFIRE Technical Rescue Teams.
Mr. Ramsey was airlifted from the crash site and flown to Balch Camp. Unfortunately, that is where he died from his injuries.
Authorities are continuing to investigate. However, they do not believe that alcohol and/or drugs were factors in this accident.
What Is A Forklift Boom?
What is the difference between a forklift boom and a regular forklift?
Well, a Forklift boom is a device that is used to extend the reach of a forklift.
The other kind is known as a standard forklift. Further, it is equipped with two prongs, or tines, which can be used to lift and lower boxes and pallets.
A “boom attachment” will grant users the ability to lift loads over a larger range. Also, it can provide a great deal of flexibility so that the forklift can be used for a wider range of applications.
Likewise, a good way to envision a forklift boom is to think of it as a combination between a traditional forklift and a small crane.
Here we have put together a few Truck driving safety tips for you:
5 Truck Driver Safety Tips
1. Wear your seatbelt
There are many “truck driver safety tips” and “good practices”. Yet, this single tip may be the most important of them all.
The use of seat belts is required by the law. Not only that, they are the easiest way to prevent injuries too.
Recent studies show that approximately 15% of truck drivers do not wear their seat belts.
Wearing a seat belt could save your life in the event of an accident.
2. Do NOT text and drive
Cell phones should never be used by drivers. For example, 48 states have passed laws to make texting while driving illegal.
Through the years, between 2012 – 2018, over 23,000 people have died in crashes because they were distracted by their cell phone.
Truck drivers should always keep their eyes on the road. Doing so, saves lives.
3. Use Turn Signals, and Avoid Switching Lanes
The use of turn signals will let other drivers know your intentions on the road. It is important to remember, that an 18-wheeler can take up a lot of space on a highway.
And, giving plenty of notice will help to keep you and other drivers safe.
Likewise, truck drivers should maintain a safe distance from other vehicles and try to stick to one lane. As, other drivers might weave in and out of lanes.
Furthermore, driving defensively will help keep your rig out of the junk yard.
4. Follow the Speed Limit
Driving a big truck is very different from driving a regular sized vehicle: they do not corner or handle well at all.
Approach the highway from ramps with caution. Not, like they are your personal racetrack. Also, speed limits that are posted on ramps are for cars, not oversized trucks.
Slow and steady wins the race. Indeed, take your time and make sure to stay upright. Further, do not rush, even if you feel like you’re holding up traffic!
Having a trailer tip over or getting into an accident because you could not slowdown in time can be completely avoidable. Especially, if you’re driving cautiously.
5. Be Well Rested
A tired driver is a dangerous driver. However, it can be avoided if you plan and get plenty of sleep before a long drive.
If you feel your eyelids getting heavy while you are driving, then pull over into a well-lit area and get some rest.
As a truck driver, there is no good excuse to keep driving if you’re ready to fall asleep behind the wheel.
The symptoms of drowsiness make you less able to pay attention to the road. Moreover, they affect your ability to make good decisions and react quickly.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that roughly 72,000 accidents in the year 2013 are directly linked to driving while sleepy.
To the family and friends of Scott Ramsey, we cannot begin to imagine what you are going through, and our sincerest condolences go out to you.
Salkow Law are true advocates that will work with you directly to achieve justice. Insurance companies want to pay as little compensation as they can. They will even try to make your case go away completely. We will fight for you so that does not happen.
Unlike, the law firms you see plastered on billboards and buses, at Salkow Law you will receive a level of personal service long forgotten at the ‘big’ firms. With us you will not be a faceless, nameless case file. We’ll answer any questions you have and make sure you have a full understanding of how the process works.
This is especially true for families that have lost a loved one in an accident. We won’t stop until we’ve gotten you fair compensation to alleviate the financial toll that unexpected devastation brings.