One New York family is mourning the loss of a loved one after a highway worker was run over by a truck.

The 35-year-old worker was struck at the Mamaroneck sanitation and recycling center around 7:15 a.m. as he and his colleagues were leaving for work. The victim died on the way to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx as a result of the accident.

Mamaroneck police are being assisted by the Westchester County police in the investigation. No charges have been filed against the truck driver. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also investigating the matter.

People who work around large trucks often face danger as part of their work. In 2005, a 24-year-old sanitation worker died in a neighboring town from head injuries after he fell off the back of a garbage truck.

Another facility experienced two deadly incidents in 1999. One man was run over and just five months later another man died after being suffocated under a pile of garbage that was unloaded on top of him.

Many believe that these types of accidents and deaths could have been prevented. Safety regulations are put into place to help protect workers from personal injury and death. When these regulations are ignored or dismissed, workplace accidents can happen.

While the exact details of how this latest victim died, it is known that his family is grieving over their loss. They may have questions as to what happened and if anyone is responsible for the accident. If someone is responsible for this death, they may be held accountable for their actions in a court of law.

When a worker is injured or killed on the job, consulting with a personal injury lawyer may prove to be a good step for victims and their families. An attorney can look into the circumstances behind the accident and may be able to offer sound legal advice as to what options victims and families have available.

Source: Lohud, “Mamaroneck highway worker killed in ‘freak accident’ hit by truck at town sanitation yard,” Shawn Cohen and Rebecca Baker, Nov. 12, 2011

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