William Branigin and Martin Weil of the Washington Post report that a 25-year veteran worker for WMATA was killed yesterday when he was struck by a piece of track equipment, known as a ballast regulator, near the Vienna station on the Orange Line.
According to the report, the long-time Metro employee “was working with a crew replacing cross ties when he was hit by a ballast regulator, a piece of equipment that rides on the rails, Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said early Monday. The equipment deposits and spreads the stone or gravel known as ballast upon which the cross ties and rails rest, particularly in outdoor parts of the system. The ballast provides drainage and stability.”
The cause of the incident that took the life of the employee is not presently clear, although an investigation is underway. When incidents like this take place, the family is entitled to certain death benefits pursuant to the Workers’ Compensation Act, but other benefits may be available as well depending on what persons or entities are at fault for the occurrence.
This is a very difficult time for the the family of the wonderful man that died prematurely. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
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Mr. Zambri has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including work-accident cases. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has also been named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2009)–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.
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