• October 28, 2022

Brett Cathline Killed in Hudson, NY Work Accident on Long Alley

Hudson, NY — October 24, 2022, 55-year-old waste disposal employee Brett Cathline was fatally hit by a falling dumpster on Long Alley in Hudson.

Authorities say the incident happened around 11:20 a.m. on the 200 block of Long Alley. Preliminary investigation and witness statements suggests a dump truck was lowering a trash dumpster back to the ground after emptying it when the dumpster somehow broke loose and fell on top of Cathline. He suffered fatal injuries in the accident.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Brett Cathline Accident in Hudson

Clearly this incident is tragic, and hopefully law enforcement and OSHA will learn more about how and why it occurred. A dump truck lowering a dumpster is a wholly routine thing, so how did the dumpster break free this time? Did the truck not grab it correctly, or did something break and let it fall? If something broke, what? Could its failure have been foreseen or prevented?

That's just a few of the many questions that still need attention to be sure the whole story is learned. Maybe a closer look will show this was just a terrible accident with no one to blame, but if something could or should have happened differently--and someone knew but didn't address it--then there may be questions of accountability to settle. Only time and careful investigation could say; will that degree of attention be paid here?

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