Forklift Accident: Army Vet Hurt Awarded $15.2 million

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Forklift Accident: Army Vet Hurt Awarded $15.2 million

Published by Timothy G. Wiemer

Forklift AccidentA military veteran who served two tours in Iraq only to be seriously injured when he was hit by a forklift while working at McCormick Place was awarded $15.2 million Thursday night by a Cook County jury.

This is yet another example of the importance of forklift operator training. While nothing is for certain, there is a good chance that had the operator received the proper forklift training and that he had used a spotter, this forklift accident might not have occurred.

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Thomas Neuhengen, shown in 2012 at his home in Wisconsin

Unfortunately, we can’t undo the past but we can learn from it. It is my hope that others learn from this and is not repeated.

Thomas Neuhengen, shown in 2012 at his home in Wisconsin. He lost his heel and underwent seven surgeries after his left foot was crushed during the tear-down of the 2012 International Manufacturing Technology Show at McCormick Place.

To read more about Thomas Neuhengen please follow the link to the Chicago Tribune article Jury Awards 15.2 million in Forklift Accident

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