Fatal Work Accident Leads to Fines for Nissan

In November of last year, a tragic work accident at a Nissan plant led to the death of a worker. The worker was performing repairs on a seat conveyor system when a counterweight struck him in the head, causing fatal injuries. The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) has imposed a fine of $29,000 on the man’s employer, a Nissan plant in Smyrna.

TOSHA’s investigation of the plant found several safety violations that may have contributed to the man’s death. One such problem was that Nissan failed to establish proper procedures for employees to follow when servicing equipment. The lack of procedure meant that the worker who died may not have been aware of safe maintenance behaviors. Even worse – this was not the first time the plant was found to have violated this safety standard.

Fatal Work Accident Statistics

In 2015, 4,836 workers in the United States died in workplace accidents. That averages about 13 deaths per day. The leading causes of workplace death, known as the “Fatal Four,” are:

  1. Falls
  2. Struck by object
  3. Electrocution
  4. Caught-in/between

On the whole, worker deaths in America are much less frequent than they were a few decades ago. However, when proper safety procedures are not communicated to workers, those workers face dangers that can lead to serious injury and wrongful death. Our law firm offers free consultations to victims of workplace accidents and their family members.

Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”


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