Three workers for Corrosion Control Corp. of Pedricktown, New Jersey, who were performing maintenance on a water tower in Lower Providence Township, found themselves in peril when an equipment malfunction caused one worker to fall to his death within the tower and stranded the remaining workers, Wednesday, December 5, 2012.
The worker who fell to his death within the water tower (which had been drained for the maintenance) was apparently not wearing a safety harness. Following this accident, another worker, who was wearing a safety harness, was left to dangle more than forty feet above ground. The third worker remained inside the water tower, at ground level, until emergency personnel could free him.
What Sort of Claim Should the Workers and Their Families File?
Typically with such cases of worker injury or death, whoever maintained the property or the equipment which failed may be liable for the accident.
However, workers can generally file a worker’s compensation claim as well. If the workers are working as independent contractors or are injured by a third party while on the job then the might be able to file a workers comp claim and a third party (or personal injury) claim.