An on-the-job accident can leave a worker with permanent injuries, sometimes resulting in lost wages and earning potential. Some workplace accidents can even cause death. This is why it is so important to have strict workplace safety rules and regulations in place.
Last week, a Massachusetts worker was killed in an industrial accident at the Tribe Mediterranean foods plant in Tauton. The plant reportedly makes and distributes three brands of hummus throughout the nation.
Authorities have said that the death appears to have been an accident, but Taunton police, state police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.
At this point, the cause of the death has not been released. Little is known about the accident, other than that police responded to the plant at about 1 a.m. Friday and discovered the 28-year-old worker. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A statement from Tribe foods said that it is working closely with OSHA and other officials in effort to determine the cause of the accident. It expressed sympathy to the family of the worker who was killed.
OSHA is the federal agency put in charge of regulating workplace safety and health. When serious accidents occur in the workplace, an OSHA investigation takes place to determine if there were hazards that contributed to the accident.
If it is determined that hazardous conditions at the plant contributed to this worker’s untimely death, the worker’s family may potentially be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the company.
Of course, a wrongful death lawsuit will never fill the void of losing a loved one in a tragic accident. However, it can provide the family with financial security for years to come.
Source: Boston Globe, “Man dies in industrial accident at Taunton hummus plant,” Dec. 16, 2011