Silverton Man Killed, Trapped in Machine at BBC Steel Corp.
Date: July 12, 2013
Location: 2001 S. Township, Canby, Oregon
Name: Not Named
Police report that the unnamed 55-year-old employee became involved in a mechanical entrapment incident with one of the machines at the 2001 S. Township Road steel fabrication and processing plant. Following the accident, first responders were notified and arrived at the scene in the early afternoon. They initially called for a life flight helicopter, however, the helicopter was cancelled when it was determined that the employee did not survive the incident.
The man has only been described as a 55-year-old Silverton man, as notification of his next of kin is pending.
A full investigation into the accident is in progress and the Occupational Safety and Health Division has been notified. Officials at the company are cooperating with authorities. It is not clear why the man became trapped in the machine, and it has not reported if it was an operational error or mechanical failure that caused the accident.
We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the man killed in the terrible accident. Our thoughts are with you as you grieve for your loss.
In these cases the grief of losing a loved one is deepened by the knowledge that their death may have been due to someone else’s negligence. While it is a small consolation, it is possible to file a wrongful death claim under ORS 30.010-30.1000.
The Oregon statute outlines who is entitled to compensation. Spouses, children, and parents are the most common claimants, but under some circumstances, grandchildren, siblings, and grandparents may be able to bring a wrongful death claim as well. A Personal Representative, usually chosen by the family and approved by a judge, must bring the lawsuit for these beneficiaries.
It is important to note that the time limits for filing a wrongful death claims are very complicated and depend entirely on the circumstances. Your time limit (statute of limitations) may be as little as one year, so preserving evidence and seeking legal help in a timely manner can be extremely important to the case.
If you need to speak with a Portland wrongful death attorney, most offer free consultations. Many will also help you investigate the accident for free until you decide what to do about representation. Let them help you navigate this legal process, so that you can grieve without jeopardizing your rights.
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