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Employee crushed by trailer

An employee in Texas was killed while attending to a work vehicle on Feb. 3. The incident occurred at around 11:40 a.m. nearby Hill County Road 3267. The 50-year-old employee was working on a vehicle outside the facility of an energy services company when he was crushed by a trailer. Police say he was working on the commercial vehicle's braking system when a safety device failed and allowed the trailer to roll back and crush the worker.

The energy services company operating the facility claims that the maintenance being performed on the vehicle was a routine task for the employee. The accident is still being investigated, so the cause of the failure has not been determined yet. The incident happened nearby the Hillsboro Sand and Gravel plant. The company also stated they'd be cooperating with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, other federal organizations and local authorities as well.

In its press release, the company stated that its top priority was caring for the decedent's family and the other employees directly affected by the accident. Out of respect to the surviving family members, the decedent's name was not released to the public.

Employees who are injured at the workplace are typically entitled to receive medical coverage and wage benefits from the employer's workers' compensation plan. Employees who are have been unable to obtain these rights, which are guaranteed by state and federal laws, may benefit from confiding in an attorney. Lawyers might be able to investigate the workplace accident in an effort to identify which parties might be held liable for causing the ensuing injuries or death.

Source: KWTX.com, "Worker crushed, killed by trailer at local facility identified," Lauren Partain, Feb. 4, 2015

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