While almost every job can include duties or conditions that may lead to work-related accidents or illnesses, there are certain fields that come with a higher risk to personnel safety. One of these employment fields encompasses factories and heavy duty equipment facilities, which often include the danger of a serious industrial accident. There are many such industries in Missouri, and there are likely countless workers who have suffered injuries in the normal course of carrying out their duties.
Unfortunately for one victim, such an accident resulted in his death. According to the reports, the fatal incident occurred in the early evening hours earlier in December. Emergency responders, including police and emergency medical technicians, were called to a location where a mechanic had suffered critical injuries. The victim was a 40-year-old man who was purportedly attempting to service the hydraulics of a commercial waste disposal vehicle. How the man suffered his injuries was not disclosed at the time of the report.
Emergency personnel attempted to preserve the victim’s life, but their efforts proved to be unsuccessful. The company released a statement expressing their condolences to the man’s family and co-workers. Company officials also announced their intentions to fully cooperate in any investigations into this fatal event.
The company provides waste and recycling services to a variety of clients, and it is unknown whether there has been a history of work-related accidents at this location. It is likely that both police and other agencies will conduct a thorough review of this industrial accident in order to ensure that no other workers suffer serious injuries. The victim’s family may qualify for death benefits through their state’s workers’ compensation program. Likewise, Missouri workers — or their surviving family members — may be eligible to file for similar benefits in the event a serious or fatal accident befalls an employee. In these situations, victims are often best served by seeking the guidance of an attorney who routinely files successful claims of this nature.
Source: qctimes.com, “Republic Services employee dies at Bettendorf facility“, Linda Cook, Dec. 12, 2017