South Carolina accident underscores danger some workers face

Workers in different industries perform different tasks. They rely on different tools or machinery to get their jobs done. When all of a sudden the everyday aspect of a job turns tragic, it is sometimes the tools and/or machinery that are to blame.

Is faulty equipment to blame for a recent work accident in South Carolina? It is too early to determine exactly what caused a worker to get stuck in machinery at a luncheon meats plant last weekend. It is crucial for investigators to get to the bottom of what happened. The worker didn't just get hurt; he died in the factory incident.

Reports indicate that the victim of the fatal accident wasn't seen for about 30 minutes before he was found, crushed, in a machine at the South Carolina plant. That detail suggests a possible line of inquiry. Should the plant of rules in place that prevent workers from working with the heavy machinery alone?

Perhaps the plant does have that rule and/or other rules that are supposed to prevent workers from being injured. OSHA will be investigating the work-related death over the course of the next several weeks. If safety regulations were violated and outside negligence put the victim in unreasonable danger, negligent parties must be held accountable.

Loved ones of a fatal accident victim like this could have legal rights to discuss with a personal injury lawyer. The loss of a loved one to a preventable work accident can be more than an emotional loss but a financial one, too. Losing the income that the victim contributed to the household can be a seriously stressful situation that a lawyer can help families fight through.

Source: WISTV, "Machine crushes man at Newberry Louis Rich plant," March 10, 2014