Working in an industrial setting can be a very dangerous career choice. Large machines, heavy equipment, and other over-sized items can often lead to safety issues. When anything present in the work environment is a safety hazard, it is up to the employer to make sure that all applicable safety guidelines are followed so that employees can stay safe as they work. When an industrial plant accident occurs, the worker who was injured might have injuries so bad that death occurs.
A recent accident at PTC Alliance in Chicago Heights shows how important it is for employers to institute proper safety guidelines and for workers to be as vigilant at work as possible. The accident involved a 33-year-old man who was trying to move a large bundle of steel tubing. He was struck in the head by the bundle.
He was found on the ground at the manufacturing plant at around 4:00 in the morning. He had suffered "severe head trauma" in the accident. He was taken to Franciscan St. James Health in Chicago Heights. He died at 4:38 that same morning.
The medical examiner's office did an autopsy on the man. His death was ruled an accident. The autopsy shows that he died as a result of multiple injured that resulted from the accident.
Anyone who has lost a loved one in a work-related accident has to deal with the emotional trauma of the loss. They also have to deal with the financial implication of the loss because of the absence of income caused by the fatal accident. Seeking compensation for the work-related death might help to lessen the financial impact of the loss.
Source: Southtown Star, "Homewood man killed in industrial accident in Chicago Heights" No author given, May. 20, 2014