According to an article posted on NJ.com, a New Jersey man died at the Amazon facility in Avendale, New Jersey, after he was caught between some equipment. Reports indicate that the 57-year-old man was a temporary worker at the jobsite where the fatal accident occurred.
The deceased worker had not previously worked at the facility for a long period of time, and had been placed there by a temporary staffing firm.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 12 percent of all workplace deaths each year are suffered by temporary workers. These workers are at a higher risk because they perform some dangerous tasks, but do not have the training or safety gear with which permanent workers are provided. Many deaths suffered by temporary workers happen in the first few weeks on the job, according to OSHA. Recently, the non-profit organization ProPublica found that temporary workers had a 36 to 72 percent higher rate of injury than regular workers.
Whether a worker has a permanent or temporary position, they have the right to seek workers’ compensation benefits in the event of an injury-causing accident. Workers can also pursue third party claims for negligent and unreasonable acts and/or omissions on the part of an employer or property owner.
If you or a loved one has been harmed in an on-the-job machinery accident, or any work related accident, you may have the right to seek compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial damages. By calling the work injury lawyers at Blume Forte at (973) 635-5400, you can receive a no-cost consultation to help you protect your rights.