Authorities reported that a 23-year-old farm worker recently died while repairing a hay baler. The Sept. 20 incident happened at a Town of Alexander farm on Alexander Road.

According to police, the 23-year-old worker was, alongside the farm’s owner, trying to fix a New Holland round hay baler that was not working correctly when he became caught in the machinery. Prior to the incident, the two men had used a tractor to lift up the rear of the baler.

Genesee County officials received a call regarding the incident around 6:50 p.m. Emergency crews had to extricate the man out of the baler, officials said. The 23-year-old man was declared dead at the scene of the incident. Officials stated that he had died instantly.

If a worker is temporarily or permanently disabled due to an injury that took place while on the job, he or she could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. An attorney might help a client file the claim in a timely manner.

By filing for workers’ compensation, a worker forfeits the right to sue an employer. However, in circumstances where a third party was responsible for a workplace accident, the worker might be entitled to receive compensation through a personal injury suit while pursuing workers’ compensation benefits. For example, if defective equipment or materials led to a fatal workplace injury, the worker’s family may be able to hold the particular manufacturer liable for damages. Since New York carries statutes of limitations in these types of filings, employees or their families may decide to seek the services of a local attorney who is familiar with all the legalities involved.

Source: WGRZ.com, “Man killed in farming accident in Genesee County”, September 21, 2014