Employee of Majestic Marble and Granite Crushed to Death while Cleaning Machine
Members of the Orange County Fire Rescue service responded to an incident at an industrial work site on Thursday, December 6th, that resulted in the death of one individual. Reports from the Orange County Fire Rescue service indicate that the wrongful death accident happened at some point during the morning, at the Majestic Marble and Granite, located in Orlando at 4948 South Orange Avenue.
Shortly before the incident took place, the report stated that the person in question was in the process of cleaning one of the pieces of equipment. Specifically, the man was in the process of removing all dust and grime from a machine that shoots high-pressure jets of water at granite and marble in order to polish them to the appropriate shine.
As this individual was cleaning, something happened to cause him to become wedged in-between the polishing machine and a large metal beam. Unable to free himself, the employee remained trapped for an unspecified amount of time while the machine continued to track back and forth, polishing the granite and marble as it went.
The man became freed after an unspecified amount of time, causing him to fall into a trench that is located beneath the machine. The other employees at the site believed the cleaner had simply suffered from an arm injury, but they became increasingly alarmed as the individual’s pulse began to wane and his consciousness to dip. CPR was performed by one or more of the other people at the location, but this was not enough to prevent the individual from experiencing cardiac arrest.
Paramedics and EMTs arrived shortly after and immediately rushed the person to Orlando Regional Medical Center. Unfortunately, at that time there was not much that the doctors and nurses could do, and the individual was declared dead sometime after arriving at the medical center.
According to Majestic Marble and Granite, the employee had only worked at the company for around three months. It is not known if it is standard procedure to clean the polishing machine while it is in use, and it is also not known if the company gave the now deceased employee proper safety instruction during their training.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also engaged in an examination of this incident and its aftermath.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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