A worker was fatally injured in a New York construction site accident while working on an intake tunnel 163 feet below the surface of the earth. According to a news report in the Messenger Post, the victim was killed at the site of a future water treatment plant in Webster, New York. The worker was apparently operating a boring machine, which collects loose dirt and debris into railway cars. Police and investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are looking into what caused this tragic accident.
Heavy machinery is a part and parcel of most construction sites. Large pieces of machinery such as booms, cranes and tractors help get the job done. But, they also pose a significant risk of injury or death to the worker operating the machinery or to others who may be nearby – especially other construction workers on the site.
It is the responsibility of contractors and construction companies to maintain a safe environment for workers. Employers are also required to provide workers with job training and safety training. It is also the responsibility of employers to provide workers with safety devices – from hard hats to fall protection equipment.
If a worker has been killed in a New York construction accident, his or her family can seek workers compensation benefits from the employer. However, in many cases, families of deceased construction accident victims may be able to file what is known as a third party claim. Such a claim is filed against a party, other than the employer, and who may have caused or contributed to the fatal accident. Examples of third parties in construction accidents include a general or sub-contractor, an equipment maintenance firm, the manufacturer of a defective product, or a property owner.
If you have lost a loved one or have been injured in a New York construction accident, it would be in your best interest to seek the counsel of an experienced New York construction accident lawyer, who will fight for your rights and help you secure the compensation you rightfully deserve. The New York personal injury lawyers with the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm have worked diligently for more than four decades to protect the rights of injured workers and their families. Call us at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496) for a free and comprehensive consultation.
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