Each occupation in New York and elsewhere has its own hazards, and employers must assess the dangers and address them to protect the safety and health of employees. When safety hazards are overlooked, it could lead to a workplace accident with devastating consequences. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the tragic death of a landfill worker in a neighboring state.
According to the manager of the landfill where the death occurred, independent studies and investigations are underway. Reportedly, garbage and dirt buried five employees when a landslide occurred on Feb. 8. Four of the workers managed to get out, but the fifth man was overwhelmed by 40 feet of trash. Rescue workers searched for 48 hours before they were able to retrieve his body.