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Fort Worth Woman Killed in Recycling Plant Accident

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.


Industrial Accident Left L Brands Employee Dead

Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at 1:28 am    

An L Brands Employee Died in an Industrial Accident in Reynoldsburg

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is investigating the case of an L Brands employee who died after an accident at the company’s Reynoldsburg complex.

The victim, 56-year-old Harry Beavers of Gahanna, was one of two employees loading boxes of Bath and Body Works products onto a truck using a conveyor when he got pinned between the machine and the boxes, causing him to get crushed, OSHA reported. Their report also indicates that Beaver couldn’t shut down the machine’s control that was at his back, forcing the rescuers to unload the boxes to reach him.

The accident happened approximately 1:45 AM on Friday.  Paramedics from the West Licking, as well as Jefferson Township and Violet Township responded to the company’s facility at 8525 E. Broad Street. It took about 10 minutes to free Beavers.

Beavers was rushed to a hospital where he died later.

L Brands released a statement on Monday, stating, “Our top priority is associate safety, and we are cooperating fully with OSHA as they work to determine the cause of his death.”

“We are deeply saddened by the death of our colleague, Harvey. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this very difficult time.”

Work-Related Fatalities in Ohio

Industrial Accident

The Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows there were a total of 164 fatal work injuries in 2016. Another record for the same year indicates that over 5,000 workers suffer job-related injuries nationwide, a 7-percent increase from 4,836 injuries in 2015, according to the report provided by Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI).

Workplace accidents include transportation accidents and other injuries by people and animals amounted to 31 fatalities. Slips, trips, and falls came in as the third most fatal work accident, with a total of 29 fatalities. The number of work-related deaths from transportation incidents have decreased from 92.

Industries with the Most Accidents

The highest number of fatalities in Ohio fall to the warehousing and private transportation sectors, and the most frequent incidents are related to transportation, followed by exposure to harmful substances/environments that result to injury or death.

The majority of work injuries or deaths occur to material moving and transportation occupations, as well as construction and extraction. For the transportation and material moving, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers are more vulnerable to accidents.

Work Related Deaths in the United States – An Ongoing Epidemic

About 65,000 workers die every year in the United States, amounting to 180 to work-related deaths each day.

Job-related deaths are divided into two categories:

  1. Deaths due to workplace injuries including machinery-related, motor vehicle accidents, electrocution, falls, and homicides.
  2. Deaths due to occupational diseases such as asbestosis, cancer, and silicosis.

Men are more likely to be at risk of fatal job injuries than women, and older workers have been found to be at higher risk as well.

Prevention for Work-Related Accidents

Each type of work-related accident has their own prevention method. More and more companies are working to find ways to enhance safety measures for its employees to lessen the chance of work-related fatalities and deaths.

  • Construction: prevention strategies such as perimeter guards and safety lines to prevent falls and lock-out systems to prevent electrocution.
  • Machine-related fatalities: proper equipment design
  • Occupational diseases such as toxic chemical exposures: Removing said exposures, using hygiene controls or product substitution.
  • Vehicle fatalities: requiring drivers to use seatbelts. All company vehicles must have airbags and anti-lock brakes. Administrative measures must also be implemented to prevent excessive hours of driving.
  • Homicides: Ensuring facilities with enhanced security measures, installing bullet-proof enclosures, and security/CCTV cameras.

Injured or Died at Work – What to Do

The death of a worker from a job-related accident can be devastating to their loved ones. Incidents such as what happened to Harry Beavers involves an investigation by OSHA to determine if what happened to the victim was caused by the company’s negligence to determine if the safety of their employees is still endangered or if it was an accident that no one could have predicted.

If you have a loved one were injured or died in the workplace, the lawyers at Williams Kherkher are here to help. Visit our Houston office today or call 888-220-0640 for a free consultation. Let us help you bring justice to your case.  

 

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