Michael Mujsce Injured In Industrial Accident At Flanders Salvage Yard
SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK (September 26, 2021) – A 74-year-old man identified as Michael Mujsce was injured in an accident after being trapped by a dismantled vehicle.
Southampton Town Police are are reporting that the accident took place around 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22nd. Michael Mujsce became trapped under a dismantled vehicle.
Police were called to the site of the accident, but employees were able to extricate the victim. Michael Mujsce was transported to the Stony Brook University Hospital in order to receive treatment.
A full investigation into the Flanders junk yard accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Flanders Industrial Accidents
Entrapment accidents are actually very common. They are one of several types of workplace accidents that OSHA has listed as the “fatal four.” Around 2.5% of all workplace fatalities involve workers that are caught-between or caught-in something. These types of accidents could include excavation collapses and being pinned by vehicles or construction equipment. There are many steps that can be taken to prevent caught-between accidents.
- Workers should be properly trained to spot potential hazards.
- Workers should never enter an unprotected trench or excavation of 5 feet or deeper without adequate protective systems.
- Machine guards can help prevent caught-between accidents.
Construction companies have a legal obligation to protect the health and safety of their workers. The areas where workers must perform their duties should be reasonably safe. According 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.” When a company has actual knowledge or constructive notice of a defect with their property they should take steps to remove that defect. Failure to do so may result in liability on the part of the employer.
Liability for a workplace accident could potentially flow to the company that manufactured a piece of defective equipment. Generally speaking, companies have a legal obligation to create products that are reasonably safe. When a company fails to create a safe product through either (1) design defects, (2) failure to warn or (3) manufacturing defects they can be held accountable through a product liability claim. A car jack, for example, could be defective if it has a propensity to suddenly collapse. Harbor Freight Tools recalled 1.7 million jacks because they posed a safety risk. Victims of industrial accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
Any person that is injured in a workplace accident may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It’s important to continue to seek follow up care after any accident. It’s also wise to seek the experienced guidance of a personal injury attorney. A Flanders industrial accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Flanders Industrial Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to Michael Mujsce as he continues to recover. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that measures are taken to prevent similar accidents.
This incident also raises a number of important safety questions. Were workers at this location given adequate safety equipment? Have there been similar accidents? Could this accident have been prevented? Workplace injuries and deaths can be nearly always prevented when OSHA regulations are properly understood and enforced.