Friedman, Hirschen & Miller, LLP

Anytime a person works with heavy equipment, that worker runs the risk of being injured. A 28-year-old contract worker recently lost his life in a fatal accident involving heavy equipment. The New York accident is currently under investigation.

Around 2 p.m., emergency personnel -- including two police departments -- a fire department and an emergency medical service responded to a call about an accident. The accident occurred at the New York Air Brake manufacturing plant. The worker involved in the accident was contracted by P & M Construction to do work for the manufacturing plant. The exact work the man was supposedly doing at the time he lost his life is unclear.

A preliminary investigation into the fatal accident has revealed that the worker was attempting to move heavy equipment. Unfortunately, he became trapped under the equipment and lost his life. Emergency personnel declared the man deceased at the scene of the accident. The owners of the plant have stated that they are "deeply saddened" by the incident, and they have extended their sympathies to the man's family. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the workplace accident.

In instances where a worker lost his life in a fatal accident while working, the worker's family is typically eligible to claim workers' compensation benefits. Additionally, the family may be entitled to take further legal action, depending on the details of the accident. The man's family has the right to bring civil action against any third party whose negligence is deemed to have caused or contributed to the fatal accident, which in this case would be New York Air Brake. While workers' compensation laws typically preclude a lawsuit directly against the employer, there are exceptions in certain circumstances.

Source: wwnytv.com, "Contract Worker Dies In New York Air Brake Accident", , Aug. 18, 2014

Source: wwnytv.com, "Contract Worker Dies In New York Air Brake Accident", , Aug. 18, 2014