The health and safety of employees in the work environment is crucial for both workers and employers. When a tragic workplace accident occurs and an employee is fatally injured on the job, it is essential to investigate the incident. This will allow the employer to provide necessary changes and increase the safety in the workplace. After an on-the-job injury or a fatal work accident, the benefit of worker’s compensation is important for the injured employee and the loved ones of the deceased worker.
A mechanic suffered critical injuries in an accident at a printing plant that he did not survive. The 53-year-old worker was found dead by other workers at the printing plant. The deceased worker had been working alone at the time of the incident. The man was working on a tow motor, and it is presumed that the fatal workplace accident he was involved in was related to the work he was doing alone at the plant.
Officials from the company have released a statement indicating that they are conducting an investigation to better understand the cause of the accident. An autopsy is scheduled and they hope to find the cause of death. Once that is determined, the printing plant may have to undergo an additional investigation. This may mean that they could be cited for unsafe conditions which would likely call for them to adjust their training procedures and safety features. When a worker is injured or killed in a workplace accident, the injured worker or the family of the deceased employee could receive workers’ compensation benefits. This would help with the cost of medical bills, funeral bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
It is critical that health and safety features are present in the work environment, especially those environments that are inherently dangerous. Employers should always update their training and safety features in order to ensure safety and reduce the chances of an accident occurring.
Source: The Patriot News, “Autopsy scheduled for man killed in Lancaster printing plant accident,” April 9, 2013