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A 24-year-old construction worker is dead after an accident on a job site on April 13. According to New York State Police, the man was helping to unload a trailer when the fatal accident occurred. The Department of Foreign Affairs has informed the man’s next-of-kin, who live out of country.

Police responded to a call around 10:42 a.m. that a man had been crushed by a pipe on a construction site in Saratoga. Upon arriving at the scene, they discovered a 40 foot long 1,700 pound pipe had become dislodged from a flatbed trailer and had fallen eight feet to the ground, where it pinned the victim. He was transported via community ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 11:20 a.m.

According to preliminary investigation, it appears the pipe had altered position during transport, causing one of the supporting hooks to be removed. When the victim attempted to assist in its removal from the truck, the pipe came loose. The victim was working as a subcontractor; his primary residence was out-of-state.

The investigation into this fatal accident is ongoing; New York State Police have joined forces with OSHA, and an internal audit team from the parent company to determine the precise cause of the accident. In situations like this, it is often the responsibility of the employer to ensure workers’ compensation benefits go to any surviving family members. These crucial, state-regulated insurance payments are designed to cover final expenses, funeral bills and also provide a lost income package for any dependents of the deceased worker.

Source: Fox News, “Construction worker in upstate New York crushed by 1,700 pound pipe,” April 14, 2013