The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that a FedEx employee was killed in a workplace accident in the city in November.
According to the newspaper, the victim, 39, was killed in an accident involving a “tug” vehicle that struck a parked trailer at a worksite. Representatives said that the victim was underneath the tug’s trailer load when the incident occurred.
The man’s body was sent to a medical examiner’s office to determine his official cause of death. The incident remains under investigation, as officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were onsite following the accident.
The victim was a single father of two twin boys. FOX13 reported that it is the third time in five years that FedEx has been investigated for incidents at the site. The company has allegedly faced fines in the past for safety violations.
In a previous accident, a tug operator reportedly fell off a vehicle and injured one of his knees at the site, which led to an infection and his death. Additionally, last year, an employee was killed when he was crushed under a platform that was lowered at the worksite.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY LOVED ONE IS KILLED AT WORK?
If your loved one is killed in a workplace accident, you should be aware that you might be able to move forward with a wrongful death claim by contacting an attorney. Any claim could hold an employer liable, in addition to an investigation and/or fines imposed by a government agency.
While no amount of money can bring your loved one back, a wrongful death lawsuit may be able to help compensate for lost income, as well as your pain and suffering. In addition to holding an employer liable, you may also be able to file a third-party lawsuit or collect workers’ compensation death benefits following an on-the-job death.
Employers have a duty to protect employees from safety risks. Those that place workers in danger should face consequences.
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18