David Kotwas Killed By Falling Trailer That Tipped Over And Crushed His Vehicle; Fatal Accident Remains Under Investigation By OSHA
OWEGO, NEW YORK (April 24, 2018) – A 48-year-old man was tragically killed in a workplace accident at Upstate Shredding in Owego as he was delivering scrap metal.
Police have been able to identify the man that died as David Kotwas who worked as an employee for Riccelli Enterprises.
OSHA investigators are saying that a trailer tipped over on the top of his vehicle and pinned him on the inside. David Kotwas was able to eventually be freed from his vehicle.
Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene of the accident in order to treat the victim for his injuries. Unfortunately, he was later pronounced dead.
LIABILITY IN WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS
When a worker is killed or injured on the job in New York they or their family will typically be able to get worker’s compensation. In addition to worker’s compensation claims, any injured worker may be able to file a third party liability claim against any entities responsible for the accident separate from their employer. Generally speaking, a worker is not allowed to file suit against their employer directly – though there are exceptions. Third party liability claims combined with worker’s compensation claims can help the family of a deceased worker receive substantially more than just a worker’s compensation claims alone. However, these claims can also be very difficult to evaluate and require the careful eye of a trained attorney. This is why it’s so crucial to seek legal counsel after an accident. An experienced attorney can help an individual or family secure their rights and be justly compensated.
Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply saddened to learn about the tragic accident at Upstate Shredding in Owego that killed David Kotwas. We extend our thoughts and prayers to all of those that have been affected. Anyone with knowledge about what happened should reach out to investigators at OSHA. What happened is completely unnaceptable and steps need to be taken to make sure that it doesn’t happen again. No family should ever have to bear the loss of a loved one from an accident which may have been preventable.
If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed in a workplace accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you just have questions about your rights, need an accident report or are looking to hire an attorney, you’re always welcome to reach out to us for help (646) 846-4496.