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Worker's fall behind reversing truck causes workplace injury

Workers nationwide, including in New York, are at risk of suffering injuries if there are vehicles moving about on worksites. Employers are responsible for providing safety training on a regular basis. Creating awareness of the dangers posed by moving vehicles and the need for workers and drivers to be alert and observant is vital to prevent a workplace injury.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was recently notified of a workplace vehicle accident in a neighboring state. Police were reportedly called to the scene of a workplace accident that occurred shortly after 10 a.m. It was reported that a garbage truck had knocked down a worker.

The police report indicates that the vehicle was backing up when a 23-year-old worker attempted to jump onto a step at the rear of the garbage truck. He apparently missed the step and landed on the ground behind the reversing truck. The wheel of the vehicle ran over his lower leg and foot. The severity of his injuries is unknown, and he was taken to a hospital for treatment.

According to the police, the truck driver was not charged as it is regarded as a workplace accident, and the situation was turned over to OSHA for investigation. New York workers who have suffered a workplace injury may pursue compensation from the workers' compensation insurance fund regardless of who was at fault. Even if the injury was caused by the victim's own negligence, he or she might file a benefit claim. Compensation typically covers medical expenses and a portion of lost wages.

Source: Verona-Cedar Grove NJ Patch, "Garbage Truck Runs Over Employee's Foot In Cedar Grove", Eric Kiefer, Aug. 11, 2015

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