Investigations are still underway to uncover the cause of an accident that killed a Cargill Inc. industrial worker. The 48-year-old man from Central Illinois fell last week at the soybean processing plant he worked at, but it is unsure why. The man was rushed to the hospital but died there. It seems as if there was no one else who witnessed the accident clearly, because all that is known is that he was near an elevator and fell onto a lower level. Standard protocol requires Cargill Inc. to work with investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in order to find out what the cause of the accident was.
The OSHA will investigate the plant in order to find any possible defects or malfunctions that would have triggered the incident. The coroner will also be examining the man's physical state at the time of the fall. The worker, tragically, left behind a wife and two children. In cases such as this, if the OHSA were to find any negligence on behalf of the employer, then the surviving family would be able to file a wrongful death claim. These types of claims particularly help grieving families because they seek compensation for pain and suffering, funeral costs, loss of income and other related expenses.
Unfortunately, accidents of this nature are common at industrial plants. According to employee surveys, Cargill's employee satisfaction rate has increased by 21 percent over the past ten years. The only major criticisms of the company are some food contamination recalls. Accidents can happen even at well-respected plants. At Arnold & Itkin, we are committed to fighting for workers and families of workers who are injured or killed in industrial accidents. The strenuous nature of this occupation demands advocates who will stand up for their rights in the event of injury. We are here to answer that call.