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An on-the-job accident can occur even during daily routine

Most New Jersey companies follow safety guidelines set out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Unfortunately, even if employees are provided with the proper training and equipment to keep safe and all machines are kept in good working order, an on-the-job accident can still occur. This makes any investigation into a work-related fatality more of a challenge because there are no glaring deficiencies.

A recent tragedy involving a concrete crushing machine is forcing OSHA investigators and local authorities to take more time to determine what caused a 54-year-old man to get tangled up in the machine. Even in the aftermath of the man's death, the machine appears to have been working properly. Therefore, it could take some time to determine what happened.

Preliminary reports indicate that at approximately 8:46 a.m., the man's clothes got drawn into the only part of the machine that was moving at the time -- an axle on top of the conveyor belt. The moving part apparently pulled him in and caused his fatal injuries. It took emergency responders a while to disentangle him and get him to a hospital in the area. Despite their efforts, he died less than an hour after the accident occurred.

While the family of the man who died in this on-the-job accident awaits answers, the family members are most likely grieving from the loss of their loved one. In addition, they may be concerned about their financial situation going forward since they are now without his income. Fortunately, benefits will most likely be available to them through New Jersey's workers' compensation system. Those benefits could include a compensation package for the loss of his income and assistance with the costs associated with his funeral and burial.

Source: nj.com, "Man killed by concrete crusher identified as Lakewood resident", Justin Zaremba, Jan. 10, 2015

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