An Alabama man working as a contractor lost his life after suffering from fatal job-related injuries. The man died after a tragic accident that resulted in severe burns on most of his body while he was employed by Ranger Environmental Services. The fatal job-related injuries sparked an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The tragedy occurred when his co-workers dumped a bucket of hot material, similar to ash, on him. This was reportedly an accident, but it is not clear how or why it happened. It should be noted that since this accident occurred at work, the family should receive financial compensation, as employers should offer worker's compensation insurance to all employees. This is regulated by state law and employers cannot willingly withhold deserved recompense.
The Alabama man was taken to a hospital for treatment, but he died approximately three weeks later. OSHA has launched an investigation into the incident to determine what factors contributed to the unfortunate accident and to determine if the employer will face any penalties. An investigation into the accident should reveal if a lack of safety or the reckless actions of co-workers caused the incident.
Typically, when a worker is injured or killed while on the job, workers' compensation will be granted to cover lost wages and medical expenses. However, in rare cases of blatant negligence, the family could initiate a wrongful death lawsuit against the employer for job-related injuries. The family has the right to explore all legal options, but typically, workers' compensation would be granted by law to cover end-of-life expenses, lost wages and other costs.