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Army civilian loses life in Maryland lawnmower accident

Our nation's military servicemen and servicewomen are true heroes. They are committed to ensuring our nation's citizens are safe. Because of this, America's veterans deserve the utmost respect for their contributions to our country. And that is why it is so sad when a serviceman loses his life, not to war, but to a workplace accident.

A 61-year-old Army civilian lost his life recently in a tragic lawnmower accident in Maryland. The victim had served in the U.S. army for approximately 10 years and was a 25-year employee of Aberdeen Proving Ground. While details of the accident have yet to be released, it is reported that the victim was injured severely while cutting grass on a riding lawnmower. The incident occurred around 9:30 in the morning by the Route 24 Gate. The victim was flown by helicopter to an area shock trauma center, but ultimately succumbed to his injuries. A safety stand down was instigated following the fatal accident to go over best practices and operating procedures.

It is an unfortunate fact that work accidents such as these are not unknown. When operating lawnmowers, heavy machinery or other vehicles with dangerous components, safety should be the first thing on a user's mind. However, no matter how safe an employee is, they are not immune from accidents involving such machinery.

It is at these times when the families of victims killed while on-the-job may choose to pursue workers' compensation. Workers' compensation acts like insurance to provide financially for those injured on-the-job or their families. Fault need not be a factor in obtaining workers' compensation benefits. Those looking to learn more about workers' compensation may wish to seek out professional advice, so they can understand their rights.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Aberdeen Proving Ground worker dies," Matthew Hay Brown, April 22, 2014

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