Worker Critically Injured In Cascade Plant Industrial Accident In Niagara Falls After Becoming Trapped In Large Roller
NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK (November 27, 2021) – A 40-year-old man was critically injured in a Cascade Plant industrial accident after becoming trapped in a large roller used to feed paper.
Niagara Falls police officials are saying that the workplace accident took place around 8:30 p.m. on Friday, November 19th along Packard Road. The man was working at Cascades Containerboard Packaging when he suddenly became trapped in the machinery used to feed large rolls of paper.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim. He was treated at the scene and transported to the Erie County Medical Center in critical condition.
A full investigation into the accident at the Cascade Plant remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Niagara Falls Industrial Accidents At Cascades Containerboard Packaging
Despite improved safety standards, thousands of workers are killed every year in workplace accidents. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “A total of 5,333 workers died from a work-related injury in the U.S. in 2019, up 2 percent from the 2018 total of 5,250. The fatal work injury rate was 3.5 fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, which was the rate reported in 2018.” OSHA lists four different types of accidents that are responsible for the vast majority of workplace injuries and deaths.
- Falls: For a long time, falls have been the leading cause of serious injury and death in the workplace.
- Struck By: These types of accidents include workers who are hit by cars or heavy machinery such as forklifts.
- Caught-In/Between: Trench collapses are the main cause of caught-in/between accidents. Stationary heavy machinery in the workplace also contributes to many serious workplace injuries.
- Electrocutions: Electrical hazards are all over the place, especially in the construction industry. Many of these accidents can be prevented by properly training workers and giving them adequate protection.
There are a number of steps that companies can take in order to protect workers from industrial accidents. For example, workers should always be properly trained. This includes giving workers training in how to properly identify hazards in the workplace. Workers should also be trained in the right procedures to handle heavy machinery. All workers should be able to understand the proper lockout/tagout procedures for all of the heavy machinery that they deal with. Heavy machinery should also have adequate guardrails which prevent workers from becoming ensnared.
Depending on the specific facts of any case, there could be numerous sources of liability for a workplace accident. Workers in New York have a legal right to work in a reasonably safe environment. 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.” When a company fails to provide workers with a reasonably safe environment, they can be held liable for that worker’s injuries. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any workplace accident.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Work records should be examined.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
Any person that is injured on the job in New York may be able to seek aid through a personal injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It is important to continue to seek follow up care after any accident. You should also inform your doctor that you were injured on the job. A New York personal injury attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Niagara Falls Industrial Accidents
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the worker injured in this Cascade Plant industrial accident. It is our sincere hope that they are able to make a full recovery. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to OSHA as they continue their investigation. Was this worker given adequate safety training? Did the machine involved in this accident have guardrails? Are there OSHA violations at the Cascade Plant? There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all of the workers and people that frequent this plant. Workplace safety should always be the top priority for any company.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured by a fall while at work? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help with whatever you need. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.