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Fatal workplace accident: Worker crushed between 2 heavy machines

New York employees who work in areas in which excavators and other heavy equipment are also being used will always face significant hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has strict regulations for all industries, and employers must provide adequate training to teach employees how to recognize potential hazards and how to avoid them. Such knowledge might have prevented a recent fatal workplace accident.

Shortly before noon on a Saturday earlier in April, a 61-year-old man died in an on-the-job accident at the premises of a landscaping and excavating company. A police report indicates that the man was working alone and occupied with maintenance tasks. Reportedly, a friend of the man apparently arrived to find the worker dead, trapped between two pieces of heavy equipment.

OSHA investigators will have to try and determine the circumstances that led to this tragic accident as there were no witnesses present. Reportedly, it is believed that the worker's death was instant, due to severe head trauma. Police had to tow one of the massive machines away, and they are also trying to determine a cause of the accident in a separate investigation.

The surviving family members of any New York employee who dies in a workplace accident will likely face unanticipated financial hardship along with their grief. The workers' compensation insurance system will allow them to pursue claims for death benefits, which typically covers the costs of a funeral and burial. Furthermore, a wage replacement package might form part of the benefits to assist with other financial obligations like day-to-day living expenses, rental or mortgage and more. Resources are available to help with the legalities of the complicated claims process.

Source:, "Colonie Police: 61-year old man killed after being trapped between two pieces of heavy machinery", April 9, 2018

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