An employee of Ward Lumber died in an on-the-job accident. New York State Police believe the man was killed by a board at the Adirondack lumber mill where he worked.
Lance Sawyer III, 22, had been operating a board edger at Ward Lumber in Jay, New York, when the board shot back and struck him across the chest, reported Lake Placid News (4.9.15).
AuSable Forks Ambulance Service responded to the mill after a report of an unconscious man who was not breathing. Sawyer was taken to the University of Vermont Health Network in Plattsburgh where he was pronounced dead.
The accident was under investigation by State police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The wood products industry is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. In a lumber mill there can be machines that process the logs by stripping away the bark, round saws to cut them in half and sawmills to break them into squares. According to OSHA, these machines can be hazardous, particularly if they are used improperly or without the correct safeguards.
All workers in the U.S. have a right to a safe workplace. The law requires employers to provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers. Company violations of this law may include failure to maintain its equipment and premises in a safe manner, failure to provide effective safeguards, failure to set appropriate safety guidelines to prevent accidents, and the hiring and retaining of employees unable to create and maintain a safe working environment.
For workers who have been injured in a workplace accident, and-or their families, it is also important to understand that workers’ compensation may not be the only source of benefits to cover the loss
In addition to claiming workers’ compensation benefits, an injured worker or his-her family may also consider seeking additional monetary damages from a liable third-party. When a worker is injured by an unsafe or defective piece of workplace equipment, compensation can be pursued through a products liability claim. These claims are separate from the workers’ compensation claim and involve identifying design defects, manufacturing defects, faulty tools and-or other negligence. Product designers and manufacturers may be held liable for the injuries. An investigation can determine whether the worker was injured while using or working around defective work equipment.
At The Perecman Firm, lawyers pursue maximum compensation for injuries caused by defective equipment and poorly maintained equipment. We investigate the claims of clients and handle all legal aspects of a case. We are also experienced with New York workers’ compensation.