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Construction accidents: New York tragedy claims worker's life

No foul play is suspected regarding a fatality at a New York building site on a recent Thursday. As with all deaths caused by construction accidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be investigating this one to determine the employer's compliance with federal safety regulations. Law enforcement stated that drugs and alcohol seemed not to have played a role in this tragedy.

According to an incident report, a bulldozer struck a 44-year-old worker at approximately 1 p.m. while she was leveling a field at a construction site in Red Hook. Reportedly, the accident occurred when a 45-year-old operator failed to notice the woman at ground level when he moved the bulldozer. He apparently promptly called emergency services after the incident, but the worker's life could not be saved.

Village firefighters and police, along with deputies and Dutchess County paramedics of responded to the scene from where they rushed the critically injured worker to the hospital. Sadly, her death was pronounced upon arrival at the hospital. An autopsy done on the following day revealed that blunt force trauma caused her death.

When a loved one leaves for work never to return, it is naturally a traumatic time for the surviving family members, especially when they have to also deal with the financial consequences. Fortunately, there are experienced workers' compensation attorneys in New York who can provide valuable support and guidance to pursue claims for death benefits through the state-regulated insurance program. Along with coverage of the costs for end-of-life arrangements, wage-replacement packages may be awarded to further ease the financial burdens brought about by the deaths of loved ones in construction accidents.

Source: poughkeepsiejournal.com, "Police: bulldozer death appears to be 'tragic accident'", Jack Howland, April 14, 2017

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