Cameren Smith of Lackawanna Died In Buffalo Accident at CertainTeed Siding After Becoming Entrapped In Machinery
BUFFALO, NEW YORK (December 17, 2021) – A 26-year-old man identified as Cameren Smith has tragically died in a Buffalo accident after becoming caught in a piece of machinery at CertainTeed Siding.
Erie County police officials are saying that the accident took place on Saturday, December 11th. Cameren Smith was working at CertainTeed Siding when he became caught in a piece of machinery.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim. Cameren Smith was freed from the machine with critical injuries.
Despite life-saving measures, he died due to the severity of his injuries. He is survived by his two young children. A full investigation by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Buffalo Workplace Accidents
Machinery is used in nearly every industry and is a substantial source of workplace injury and death. According to one report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 800 workers are killed every year in accidents involving machinery. Another 18,000 workers suffer very serious trauma such as amputations and crushing injuries. There are a number of ways that workers can become injured by machinery.
- Workers may become pinned by machinery and fixed objects.
- Workers often fall while operating machinery.
- Workers may get their limbs entrapped by pieces of a machine.
- Workers may slip and fall into unguarded machinery.
Depending on the specific facts of any case, a worker’s employer could be liable if their employee is injured on the job. All employers in New York have a legal obligation to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. This includes taking steps to protect workers from the dangers of the machines they work with. Pursuant to New York Labor Law 200, “All machinery, equipment, and devices in such places shall be so placed, operated, guarded, and lighted as to provide reasonable and adequate protection to all such persons.” Workers entrapped by machinery tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
The family of any worker that is killed on the job may be able to seek aid through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a wrongful death claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It can be difficult to know where to begin after an accident. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with civil claims. Failing to act within the statute of limitations may result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights.
Investigating A Buffalo Workplace Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Cameren Smith. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of the victim and their family. How did this accident take place? Did the victim get adequate training? Was the machine properly guarded? It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent additional tragedies like this.
Do you need more information about a Buffalo workplace accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to helping accident victims get the information and resources that they are entitled to under the law. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into a collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.