WorkCover NSW is investigating an accident in a glass warehouse that resulted in a man's death in western Sydney yesterday (June 27) afternoon.
The 41-year-old male was reportedly loading large sheets of glass onto a truck in a yard at a wholesaler in Condell Park when he was fatally injured.
Initial investigations by WorkCover show that at around 17:00, the man was struck by the glass sheeting and subsequently crushed against the vehicle he was loading.
Up to 20 sheets of glass are believed to have then fallen off the truck and onto the victim, who died at the scene.
It is unclear at this time if onlookers were able to help the man at the location of the accident or if he died immediately.
The initial cause of the accident is currently not known, with WorkCover preparing a report for the coroner.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) there were 640,700 injuries reported in the workplace between July 2009 and June 2010, which was 5.3 per cent of the workforce at the time.
Up to 90 per cent of victims were employees of the workplace where the incident occurred and 82 per cent had received workplace safety training prior to the accident.
An accident at work could have serious implications for employees and their families, with the average time taken off work as a result of a workplace injury being 4.8 weeks for women and 3.6 weeks for men.
WorkCover also reports that there were 139 fatalities in the 2008-09 financial year.
When faced with a workplace injury, it is important to know your options. An experienced compensation lawyer can help you navigate the legal processes involved in making a claim.
Payments are made to cover a variety of costs associated with an injury, including reimbursement for related medical treatments, rehabilitation assistance, financial loss and even lump sum payments in cases resulting in permanent disability.
In NSW, employers are required to purchase insurance if they hire employees. These policies do not just relate to permanent employees – they must also cover casual and part-time workers as well as contractors.
Even if a workplace does not have insurance, you may still be able to make a claim. Gaining advice from an accredited source – such as a personal injury lawyer – is advisable if you think this may be the case.