There have been numerous construction and industrial accidents resulting in worker fatalities across the country in the last few months. From December 2013 to January 11, 2014, there were 125 worker fatalities, 2 of which were from the New Jersey and Pennsylvania area.
Pennsylvania Industrial Accident Resulting In Worker Fatality
In January, a worker from Mount Laurel, New Jersey was crushed by a large pile of rock salt at the International Salt facility in Bucks County, PA. The man was part of a road crew preparing for a winter storm that was scheduled to hit the area later that day. According to the news report, he was moving rock salt, which is used to keep roads clear of snow and ice, with a front-end loader when the 100-foot tall mineral pile toppled over, buried the front-end loader and trapped him inside. *Source: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com (100-Foot Rock Salt Pile Crushes, Kills Worker)
Emergency crews tried to reach the man under the salt pile by shoveling. Unfortunately, when the crews finally reached the man, he already died from asphyxiation.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the fatality. Further details have not been released regarding the investigation.
New Jersey Industrial Machinery Accident Resulting In Fatality
In December, a temporary worker died after being caught in an industrial machine. The temporary worker was working at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey. Though the warehouse is owned by Amazon, it is run by a third party company named Genco. *Source: www.usatoday (Temporary worker dies at Amazon facility)
During the holiday season, Amazon employs thousands of workers to handle the extra packaging from the holiday orders. The temporary worker was sorting packages at the Amazon fulfillment facility and got caught in between the equipment and was crushed to death.
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A worker who is injured in an industrial accident or industrial machinery accident may file a workers’ compensation claim to receive the necessary medical care and lost wages. However, in addition to the workers’ compensation claim, he may have a third party lawsuit against the manufacturer of the machine or equipment.
The family of a deceased worker may have a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer of the machine. However, thorough investigation is necessary to determine if third parties, such as the manufacturer of the equipment, may be liable.
To explore your legal rights, call Daniel O’Brien, an experienced industrial accident injury lawyer. He will fight to recover the compensation you and your family deserve. Call 877.944.8396 to schedule a free consultation.