A Berwyn, Illinois man was recently killed on the job at M.S. International. The man worked for the company's surface manufacture's landscaping, flooring and countertop facility in Elk Grove Village.
The 47-year-old was pronounced dead at the facility a little after 8 a.m. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into the man's death. The company has confirmed the man worked at M.S. International, but would not comment further on the fatal workplace accident.
According to the Cook County medical examiner's office, the 47-year-old died from crushing injuries and falling heavy objects.
In looking at a fatal workplace accident such as this one, while the details surrounding what happened are very vague, the fact remains that a worker was killed on the job. Depending on the circumstances, this could end up resulting in his family filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the company.
In general, when a loved one is killed in an accident, it is an emotional time for family and loved ones. Especially when that accident was caused by someone else's negligence, it is normal to want to hold that person or company accountable.
Of course nothing can turn back time on what happened, but some do find peace of mind by filing a lawsuit and holding the company accountable. Compensation can also go toward funeral expenses and the general loss of wages from the person passing. An attorney with experience handling these types of cases can provide more information on what next steps need to be taken.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "Workplace accident kills man in Elk Grove Village," Karen Ann Cullotta, June 12, 2013