53-Year-Old Worker Crushed and Killed by Baler in Roanoke Workplace Accident

By Peter DePaolis

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Roanoke County Police reported that a 53-year-old worker was killed in an accident at Recycling and Disposal Solutions after he fell into a baler used to compact aluminum cans, plastic bottles and other recyclable items.

The man had worked as a machine operator at the plant since May, when he got the job at the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Lodge in downtown Roanoke. The accident is being investigated by officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Commercial Equipment Defects on a Worksite

Worksite accidents can occur due to defects in commercial equipment used by workers in the course of their jobs. If the baler that killed this worker was unsafe or defective, then Recycling and Disposal Solutions could be held liable for his wrongful death. When a worker sustains an injury or is killed by defective equipment, the injured party may have a valid legal claim for damages against the manufacturer, the distributor, the employer or persons involved in the operation of the equipment.

Injured on the Job? Contact our Experienced Injury Attorneys Today

If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, then you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits. Contact our experienced injury attorneys today at (202) 659-5500, or visit our website to fill out our online form. Our lawyers are here to help you in your time of need.

[Did You Know: The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 is a broad set of federal laws intended to protect employees at work.]

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.