A tragic worker’s accident that occurred this May at Century Village in West Palm Beach is still gaining media attention and controversy, according to the Palm Beach Post. The article reports that worker Jason William Moyer, 39, sustained fatal injuries when doing maintenance on an elevator. Tragically, Moyer dropped four stories with the elevator when the stem of a hydraulic shut-off valve came out after he used a sledgehammer to fix the problem. Although the technique sounds unusual, it was actually standard practice, but became deadly due to the fact that the fluid was not blocked elsewhere. As a result, the fatal accident victim’s employer was cited for improper training. The employer may also face charges for failing to replace the risky valves in some of the business’ elevators. An estimated 3,000 valves in the 75,000 elevators across the state are still unsafe and in need of replacement, according to the article.
As a Palm Beach, Dade, & Broward County workers’ comp. and wrongful death attorney, David Benenfeld has been handling accident and injury cases such as this for over a decade. If you have been injured at work or have suffered the indescribable pain of losing a loved one in an accident, feel free to contact David Benenfeld for free resources, helpful information, and answers to your most pressing questons.