Posted On: March 14, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Worker Dies After Being Crushed by Freight Elevator

A worker at a produce processing plant died on Friday afternoon when the freight elevator he was working on fell on top of him. The employee was under the machine when its rigging gave way. He was crushed by the elevator.

Investigators are trying to determine why the employee, who was not certified or trained in fixing elevators, was working on one. Police, prosecutors, detectives, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are looking into the elevator work accident. A spokesperson for State Garden Inc, the produce-processing company that employed the worker, says that the freight elevator was actually more a pallet lift and one that did not require a worker who had certification.

Some 300 worker are employed at the company.

Elevator Worker Injuries
It is the job of elevator workers, also known as elevator mechanics, elevator constructors, elevator repairers, and elevator installers, to install, replace, maintain, assemble, and repair elevators, moving walkways, dumbwaiters, and similar kinds of equipment.

Unfortunately, as with all professions (especially those requiring manual labor), work accidents resulting in injuries can happen. An elevator worker can get hurt while lifting or moving heavy tools, parts, or equipment. He or she can also get injured during a fall accident, experience electrical shock, or get crushed by a falling elevator.

It is the responsibility of employers to make sure that workers are properly trained, have all of the safety equipment that they need, and there are no unnecessary hazards that could cause injury or death.

As an injured worker or the family member of an employee that was killed during a work accident, there are ways to make sure you receive the workers' compensation benefits you are owed.

Worker at Chelsea plant crushed by elevator, Boston.com, March 14, 2009

One dead in Chelsea elevator accident, MSNBC.com


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