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Workplace accident kills man in Rockland County

Rockland County, just northwest of Manhattan, is bordered by the Tappan Zee and boasts slightly more than 315,000 in population according to the last census. It was here that a man from Bogotá earned his nursing degree recently and dreamed of working in that profession. It is also here that the man from Bogotá was killed in an industrial accident.

The 59-year-old nursing graduate was working at a temporary job loading pallets of computer equipment that came from an office building in the Pearl River section of Orangetown, New York. As he was loading and unloading, a 2,500 pound load of equipment on a pallet fell and crushed the 59-year-old. He died as a result of his crush injuries.

As one might expect when there is a fatal accident, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident. In particular, OSHA is investigated the workplace safety practices of the trucking company that had hired the 59-year-old man.

Apparently the 59-year-old was involved in transferring the pallets of computer equipment from a small truck to a larger truck. The crates slipped and the 59-year-old became pinned.

First responders used a rescue bar to pry away the pallet from the man, and he was taken to Nyack Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Should OSHA find negligence in this case, the 59-year-old man's surviving family members may be able to obtain wrongful death compensation due to third-party negligence as well as obtain workers' compensation survivors' benefits.

Source:, "Update: Bogota man who died in industrial accident wanted to go into nursing," Abbott Koloff, Dec. 4, 2012

  • At our New York law firm we represent individuals who have workers' compensation claims as well as third-party claims resulting from fatal workplace accidents such as the one mentioned in this post.

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