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Another Amazon warehouse worker dies in a crush injury

A 28-year-old Millerstown, Pennsylvania, resident was run over and killed by a tractor-trailer while working at an Amazon warehouse on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The incident occurred just before 5:15 p.m., at the Cumberland County distribution center for the online retailing giant.

According to witnesses, the decedent had apparently been working with the tractor-trailer's driver in an attempt to help the trucker hook up a trailer to his cab when he was run over. He reportedly suffered several traumatic injuries in the crash. He was already deceased upon the arrival of first responders at the scene.

A preliminary investigation into South Middleton Township incident has led police investigators to suspect that the crash was completely accidental. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is also investigating the incident. Their investigation could take up to six months to complete.

Apparently, this is not the first incident of its kind to happen at this same facility. Just as recent as 2014, another employee at the same Amazon warehouse lost her life after she suffered a crush injury.

In that case, the employee had been operating a pallet truck's rear platform when it became dislodged below storage shelving. That incident resulted in the woman becoming trapped, then crushed by those racks. It's unclear what final determinations OSHA made in that case.

If you've been injured in a crush or some type of workplace accident or know someone who has been, then you may be entitled to repayment of your medical bills, compensation for lingering permanent injuries, lost wages and other costs. In discussing your case with a Dauphin, Pennsylvania, workers' compensation attorney, he or she can advise you of your rights in your respective case.

Source: Penn Live, "Death at Amazon warehouse under investigation," Barbara Miller, Sep. 22, 2017

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