Throughout Kansas, Missouri, and all across the United States, the issue of workplace accidents is a serious concern. Most states, and the federal government, have guidelines in place designed to protect employees from on-the-job dangers, injuries, and death. Unfortunately, accidents still happen far too often, and can result in traumatic injuries, death, and devastated families. One recent on-the-job death in Missouri highlights how catastrophic workplace accidents can be.
According to media reports, a 52-year-old man employed by Federal Express (FedEx) died on-the-job after being pinned by the truck he was assigned to operate. Police state that the man somehow became pinned between the truck and a house causing traumatic injuries. The man was transported to a local hospital but unfortunately, did not survive his injuries.
Authorities are investigating the cause of this tragic accident, including whether the truck may have experienced a defect in the braking or other mechanical systems. There are many reasons an accident like this may occur but nothing has been positively identified in this case. FedEx provided a written statement expressing the company’s condolences to the family of the victim. Reports indicate that FedEx is cooperating with authorities to investigate this incident.
How Often do On-the-job Deaths Occur
On-the-job accidents resulting in death are more common than most people realize. Statistics provided from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that in 2011, 77 individuals died on-the-job in Kansas, and another 132 died in Missouri. More recent data released for 2013 indicated that, nationwide, more than 4,400 people suffered fatal work injuries. Most of the fatal injuries were among workers in transportation, agriculture, industrial, and manufacturing. Another large contributor to workplace fatalities was slip-and-fall injuries, which claimed nearly 700 lives in 2013. Workplace violence also accounts for a large number of injuries and deaths annually.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that transportation related incidents account for 40-percent of on-the-job deaths. With transportation related injuries and deaths so prevalent, it is important that any individual operating a vehicle be certain that they are aware of proper safety guidelines, and report any mechanical defects that may affect safety. It is also important for employers to maintain safe working environments and perform regular maintenance on any machinery and vehicles being operated by employees.
Get Help After an On-the-job Injury
If you or a loved one has been injured in an on-the-job accident, you likely have many questions about your future, your finances, and your legal rights. Personal injury and workers’ compensation are complex areas of the law, so anyone suffering from an on-the-job accident should seek legal guidance immediately.
At the law firm of Michael R. Lawless, P.A., our Kansas Personal injury Lawyer understands how difficult it can be to face the aftermath of an on-the-job injury. Similarly, if you lost a loved one in an on-the-job accident, the stress of your situation is no doubt exacerbated by your grief and loss. Our Personal Injury Attorneys have been representing injured clients and their loved ones all across Kansas and Missouri for more than 27 years. We are dedicated to helping you make sense of your difficult, complex situation and securing you the best outcome possible for your future security. Contact Michael R. Lawless, P.A. today to schedule a free consultation. From there, we will explore your rights and get you the help you need. Contact our office toll-free at (800) 734-3771. You may also send us a message online, and we will respond to you as soon as possible.