Posted On: February 27, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Worker Dies in Crush Accident After Being Struck by 12,000 – 16,000 Pound Tank

A day laborer was killed earlier this week after he was crushed by a 12,000 to 16,000 pound tank that fell on top of him. Gregg Pitcher, 45, was sweeping the grounds at the Environmental Testing Lab when the deadly work accident happened.

A coworker found Pitcher trapped under the tank and contacted 911. A forklift was used to lift the equipment off the worker. Pitcher was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and local police are investigating the deadly accident. One fire rescue worker said that one of the wheels on the tank was missing, which could have caused the equipment’s center of gravity to move.

Crush Injuries
Crush injuries can occur when a person is crushed between two heavy objects. Crush can lead to bleeding, bruising, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, internal injuries, smashed fingers and other body parts, compartment syndrome, and death.

Crush injuries are often serious injuries that are extremely painful and can be hard to heal. An injured worker may have to take time off work, may never be able to return to the same job, or can sustain a permanent injury that could affect his or her ability to live a normal, healthy life.

In an ideal scenario, you will file your workers' compensation claim and receive all of the benefits you are owed in a timely manner. Sometimes, however, disputes and delays do arise. An experienced Chicago workers' compensation attorney can make sure that your rights are protected and that you get the compensation that you are owed.

Man Crushed to Death In Work Accident, MSNBC, February 27, 2009

Related Web Resource:
Crush Injuries, MedlinePlus

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