A worker aboard a commercial fishing boat died after his leg was caught in a winch while fishing about 5 miles off the coast of Manasquan. Billy Melgrum, 53, died while working on board the 65-foot Lydia J, a commercial vessel. According to this news report, the Coast Guard had received a call from a crew member aboard the Lydia J, reporting that Melgrum had injured both legs and needed immediate medical attention.
A New Jersey State Police rescue boat crew arrived and performed CPR on Melgrum, but he did not survive. An investigation into this tragic on-the-job wrongful death is ongoing, the report said.
Thousands of New Jersey workers are injured or killed on the job every year. The injuries that these workers suffer range from small accidents requiring little treatment to lifelong disabilities or conditions that require ongoing treatment and care. The consequences of these injures often means time away from work and less income.
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