Contractor hit in the head dies in workplace accident

OSHA | February 5, 2014


Many Illinois residents have seen construction accidents in the news. Sometimes the victims survive, but in many cases, the result is a tragic death. Unfortunately, this was the case for a contractor who suffered an accident on the job.

The fatal workplace accident occurred on the morning of Jan. 31 at a construction site in North Carolina. The contractor, an employee for United Mechanical Corporation, was working on a new building for KSM Castings. The company, an auto parts facility, is under construction and will be new in the town of Shelby.

A cap came off a concrete casting, which caused the contractor to be hit in the head with a 10-inch pipe. The man died at the accident scene. OSHA came out a few hours later to investigate. A full investigation could take four months.

The accident casts a shadow over the fanfare that KSM Castings brought to the town last year. The company is expected to open by the end of the year. About 200 jobs will be created.

Sometimes accidents happen and they cannot be prevented. However, many incidents that occur at the workplace could have been avoided. An accident can be caused by a safety hazard on the job site. This can point to employer negligence.

If the employer is found to be liable for the unsafe working environment, the victim’s family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A lawsuit can help surviving family members pick up the pieces and move on after their loved one unexpectedly dies. They can receive financial recovery, which can pay for funeral expenses, lost wages and even emotional damages.

Source: WCNC, “1 dead in Shelby construction site accident” Michelle Boudin, Jan. 31, 2014