Despite the laws that are in place to protect employees from unsafe working conditions, not all accidents and incidents can be avoided. When they do occur, occupational accidents can result in workers being seriously injured, or killed. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2012, the most recent year with statistics available, 84 workers sustained fatal work-related injuries in Alabama alone.
A man was killed while on the job in Mississippi recently as the result of a workplace accident. According to reports, the man was making repairs to a storage tank used for fish oil at a fish processing plant when the tank exploded. He was reportedly employed by a subcontractor, and not by the plant itself. It remains unknown to the public at this time what may have caused the explosion, as well as what types of repairs the man was making when the accident occurred. The worker, it was reported, was on the top of the tank when it was blown off by the explosion.
Three other men, according to reports, were also injured in the explosion. They were reportedly on the ground somewhere close to the tank. Details regarding the types of injuries they sustained, or their conditions, were not disclosed.
When workers are killed on the job, it can be devastating for the families who are left behind. Not only must they deal with unexpected burial and other funerary costs, the sudden loss of that employee’s income can present other undue financial challenges. It may be helpful for anyone, who has experienced a situation such as this, to discuss their case with an attorney to learn more about their rights, as well as the workers’ compensation responsibilities of the deceased worker’s employer.
Source: USA Today, “Mississippi fish oil plant explosion kills 1, injures 3,” July 28, 2014