Chicago workers and their families don’t expect a workplace accident that results in injuries or death. They expect the company to ensure a worker’s safety. However, a 61-year-old worker was recently killed after he was pulled into a machine while performing his duties at his workplace.
The workplace accident occurred on the afternoon of Dec. 13 in North Carolina. The 61-year-old man was working at a dyeing company, where he had been employed for the past three years. It was his day off, and he had been called in to work. While loading an extractor – which operates like a washing machine – he was pulled in and became trapped in it while it was running.
The man died before help could arrive. It is unknown how he got inside the machine, but it is believed that he either got tangled or slipped and fell inside. The accident is still being investigated by the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The man’s family believes the company is to blame. They think that more could have been done to prevent the accident. They are hoping that better safety procedures will be implemented in the future.
Some accidents are just that: accidents. However, many incidents that occur in the workplace can be prevented. If the investigation shows that the company is at fault, the man’s family may be able to seek damages related to the man’s wrongful death. Damages can include funeral expenses, loss of wages, and loss of companionship as well as other economic and non-economic damages. The surviving family members have legal rights and should seek to preserve them.
My Fox 8, “Randleman man dies in workplace accident” Stephanie Ando, Dec. 16, 2013
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Dyeing company worker killed in workplace accident