Posted On: May 12, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Elevator Accident Crushes Worker to Death

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the elevator accident that claimed the life of a worker yesterday. Jason William Moyer, 39, was repairing an elevator when it fell on him while he was in the shaft. He was pronounced dead at the work accident site.

A report from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation says that the elevator that crushed Moyer failed a private inspection in February 2008. At a follow-up evaluation, the state agency issued a citation to the elevator’s owner for failing to have an updated license. The owner was also told that proof of a current inspection would have to be obtained.

Work injuries and deaths can be grounds for workers’ compensation from the injured or deceased worker’s employer. A personal injury law firm can also determine whether there are third parties that should be held liable for your work accident.

For example, last month a worker that got hurt because a man-lift malfunctioned sued a number of companies and officers for injuries he sustained while on the job. Milan Patrick is suing Victory Holdings, Panco Properties, Cathy Panico, Joseph Panico, Genco Land and Development, and Antonio Colasante for personal injury.

Patrick says that the defendants hired him in 2007 to do some remodeling at an apartment building. The worker had to use a 1995 Genie S40 man-lift to complete some of the work on the side of the building.

The plaintiff contends that because the man-lift was not properly maintained and its safety warning system was not working, on April 10, 2007 the bucket of the man-lift that he was in toppled over, causing him to become pinned between a parked car and the bucket. Patrick says he sustained abrasions and broken bones during his work accident.

Work injuries can lead to expensive medical bills, lost wages, and other damages and losses.

Man crushed in Century Village elevator shaft, Palm Beach Post, May 11, 2009

Shinnston man sues over man-lift injury, West Virginia Record, May 11, 2009

In Illinois, Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer Steve Malman is also an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney who can make sure that you receive not only all of the worker’ compensation benefits that you are owed, but that all liable third parties are held responsible for your injuries or your loved one’s wrongful death.

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