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University lab technician killed in work accident

While many workplaces pose multiple safety hazards that are not addressed, others may be perfectly safe. However, even in safe environments, unanticipated workplace accidents can happen in any industry nationwide, including in New York. One such work accident that occurred at about 10 a.m. on a recent Wednesday is under investigation in another state.

The accident reportedly happened on the campus of a university where a crew was working on a new magnet that was under construction at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Work was being done on the system by which cooling water is supplied to the magnet during operation. The water supply pipe was sealed with a steel cap and, in the crew's attempt to remove it, pressurized water and air escaped.

The force of the pressure was strong enough to propel the steel cap, causing it to strike a mechanical trades technician. Emergency workers were on the scene soon after the incident, but the man was declared dead at the scene. The official cause of death will be determined by an autopsy. All work activities were suspended immediately after the incident, and the laboratory facilities were closed. The accident is under investigation by the university's police.

When a New York worker is killed in a work accident, the surviving family members may pursue financial relief. Workers' compensation benefits can assist with the expenses related to end-of-life arrangements, and the unanticipated loss of income. The workers' compensation insurance system provides death benefits to covered dependents of workers who have lost their lives in on-the-job accidents.

Source: wctv.tv, "Friends Remember Man Killed in FSU Mag Lab Accident", Julie Montanaro, Oct. 23, 2015

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