Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2019 at 8:39 pm
A Fort Worth woman was tragically killed in a recycling plant accident on January 31. A stack of one-ton recycled bales were unstable and two of them fell, crushing the woman instantly. Officials at the recycling plant have said they will cooperate with authorities in the investigation.
A Similar Accident Killed A 42-Year-Old Man Just A Month Earlier
A month before the accident in Fort Worth, a man was also killed in a similar way. In another recycling plant, a group of recycled bales dislodged and fell on a 42-year-old man. These bales weighed 1000 lbs each and crushed him, killing him instantly.
Whenever these types of fatal accidents happen, companies are required to report them to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). That organization then investigates the incident, how future accidents like those can be prevented, and if it was a preventable or unpreventable accident.
Can The Family Of The Employee That Was Killed Receive Death Benefits?
Fortunately, the government requires companies to carry workman’s compensation insurance. This insurance is designed to protect employees in the case of a work-related injury or death. If they are injured then this type of insurance can cover medical costs and lost wages. When a death occurs it means that a spouse or children will usually be eligible to receive benefits.
Some of the purposes that the money received can be used for include covering the burial expenses of the deceased. For the widowed spouse, it can be used to pay for daily expenses to help replace the lost wages of the deceased until the living spouse remarries. In some cases, the living spouse can get a lump sum compensation.
Most people agree that the workman’s compensation is beneficial. Although one of the primary drawbacks is the fact that under workman’s compensation the family of the deceased is usually not able to sue the company. This means that even if the company was found to be negligent, the family may not be able to sue for any additional compensation even though the accident was the company’s fault.
Compensation and Justice for a Loved One
Tragedies like these are devastating for a victim’s family. These accidents are often caused by negligence or unenforced work safety rules. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a workplace accident, call us for a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation. We’ve been handling workplace accidents and explosions since 1983. Call our lawyers at Williams Kherkher today at (888) 220-0640 to learn more about work-related deaths or injuries and what can be done to receive compensation and justice.