Protocols and procedures are put in place as safety guidelines for people working in hazardous work environments. To avoid an accident, New Jersey workers should meticulously calculate every decision and move when completing a high-risk job. Unfortunately, there can be miscalculations on a job due to human error that can lead to a serious work injury or death. Recently, a man in a neighboring state lost his life after a tragic fall while taking safety measures to complete a task.
The man was working for a tree removal company when he died on a recent Saturday morning. He was 45 feet in the air as he began removing a tree from a residential property. It has been determined that the professional tree remover was wearing a safety harness at the time of the incident.
As he began to remove the top portion of the tree, the tree unexpectedly snapped at the base, causing the worker to fall to the ground. His co-workers attempted to revive him at the scene as emergency crews arrived. Unfortunately, the man later died from his injuries at a nearby hospital.
A miscalculated move or unexpected occurrence on a job can lead to a work injury or fatal accident. When this occurs, the injured or the family of the deceased may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. A successful filing can help cover medical costs, end-of-life expenses and other financial losses due to an accident. A knowledgeable New Jersey lawyer can offer more information and help begin the filing process for workers' comp.
Source: fox61.com, "Tree worker dies from injuries after fall in Trumbull", Doug Stewart, April 15, 2018