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Safety violation might have caused death of rail yard worker

Workers in rail yards face a different set of hazards than those in factories and on construction sites. The biggest danger is the activity of trains and the hazards they pose. A tragic accident recently claimed the life of a worker in an Ohio rail yard, and it is not yet clear whether any safety violation played a part.

According to an investigator at the office of the Stark County Coroner, the incident occurred at a rail yard in Brewster. Reportedly, a 37-year-old Massillon man was operating a train engine between nine and 10 p.m. on a recent Sunday. The investigator speculates that the worker got out of the engine to uncouple a rail car and then stumbled and fell onto another railway track.

The investigator believes the worker fell into the path of another train that ran over him. After receiving a call from a conductor reporting the incident, firefighters and police responded. Sadly, it was too late to save the worker's life, and the coroner declared his death shortly after 10 p.m.

As in all fatal workplace accidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will likely launch an investigation to determine whether the man's death resulted from a safety violation. Regardless, the surviving family members of the deceased worker are entitled to pursue financial assistance with the unanticipated expenses that followed this tragedy. Along with coverage of end-of-life arrangements, the death benefits offered by the Ohio workers' compensation insurance system may also provide a wage-replacement package. This is typically provided for a predetermined period to cover the day-to-day living expenses of the dependents of the deceased worker.

Source: indeonline.com, "Massillon man dies in Brewster rail yard accident", Nov. 7, 2016

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