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Workplace accident kills wastewater plant worker

The Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH), which is the New York State's version of the federal safety agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is collaborating with police detectives in an investigation into the recent death of a worker. The incident, which police say was a workplace accident, happened on Nov. 20. Emergency services say they received a 911 call reporting an incident in Watertown.

A report indicates that a process worker suffered critical injuries under undisclosed circumstances at the wastewater treatment plant. Emergency workers responded to the work site, and the injured employee was rushed to a medical center by ambulance. Sadly, he did not survive, and authorities say he died at the hospital. Reportedly, the deceased worker was a 54-year-old man, born and bred in Watertown, who worked for the New York Upstate wastewater plant for the past 10 years.

No details were reported about the circumstances that led to the incident that claimed this employee's life. Safety inspectors will likely determine what led to the accident. They will also focus on the general compliance with safety regulations at the facility and determine whether a safety violation gave rise to this tragedy.

Following any fatal workplace accident in New York, the surviving family members may be entitled to seek financial assistance with the unanticipated expenses that typically follow such a sad incident. Eligible family members may file death benefits claims with the workers' compensation insurance program for the state. An attorney who is skilled in the navigation of such claims may provide valuable guidance and support in obtaining benefits to cover the costs of a funeral and burial along with a portion of lost income.

Source:, "Worker Dies At Wastewater Plant In New York", Sara Jerome, Dec. 5, 2017

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