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Work-Related Accident Results in Woodsboro Man's Death

An investigation is being conducted into the recent death of a Maryland man whom had been working at the S.W. Barrick & Sons quarry in Keymar. The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Agency (MOSHA) and the Frederick County Bureau of Investigations (FCBI) are looking into the work accident that resulted in the death of a 35-year-old man whom was trapped and killed by a piece of machinery earlier this month.

According to reports, investigators believe the incident was a work-related accident, but they are investigating to determine how exactly the incident occurred. It is believed that federal mine safety investigators will eventually be involved in the investigation as well.

The only information available at this time is that the worker was in the quarry around 7:30 p.m. when he was trapped and killed by a piece of the machinery used to processes limestone. It is unclear at this time if the incident was caused by some sort of machinery defect or malfunction. Unfortunately, tragic accidents like this happen all too often in mines and quarries. This was the 69th fatality of the year in the United States.

Typically, in accidents such as this, the family of a worker that has been injured or killed will receive some measure of compensation from workers' compensation; however, they may also be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit if the injuries or death were caused by someone other than the employer or were caused by malfunctioning or defective equipment.

While in many cases workers' compensation may be the only method of recovering damages from a work accident, if you have been injured at work, you may want to speak to an attorney to find out if you have a cause of action for additional compensation over and above workers' comp.

Source: Frederick News Post, State Investigators looking into quarry death, Brian Englar 12/21/10

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