The Associated Press has reported that a tragic workplace accident took place over the weekend in Lovell. According to the news report, the accident took place Saturday night at a Western Sugar Cooperative beet processing plant.
Few details of the fatal workplace accident were reported, other than that it took place far from the cooperative's main factory. It happened in a piece of equipment at a lift station. The identity of the victim, a 28-year-old woman, has not been released.
In the aftermath of fatal workplace accidents, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration typically conducts an investigation in order to learn whether the employer was in compliance with safety regulations. When it turns out that an employer could have prevented a tragedy, OSHA is likely to penalize the employer.
The loved ones of the victims of fatal workplace accidents are often entitled to compensation regardless of whether the employer is at fault for an accident. Families are often able to receive compensation for funeral expenses, lost source of income, emotional anguish, and more. Those who lose loved ones in workplace accidents should not have to suffer financial burdens, in addition to immense grief, as a result of their loss.
Depending on the circumstances of an accident - whether caused by defective equipment, an employer that cut corners, or something else - loved ones of victims may have varying legal options.
Those who have lost a loved one due to a workplace accident in Oklahoma should consider seeking legal counsel in regard to workers' compensation and workplace accidents law to ensure they understand their rights.
Source: The Ranger, "Woman killed in work accident," Jan. 7, 2014