An Oklahoma worker with 25 years of experience on the job has likely seen it all, but that doesn’t mean that accidents can’t happen. Sometimes, after so many years of doing the same work, it’s easy to become a bit complacent. Many workers start taking shortcuts, and some even tend to disregard safety standards to get jobs done quicker, only to suffer a workplace injury.
A 46-year-old mechanic on a farm in another state succumbed to an occupational injury three months after an incident that involved a plasma torch and a drum that contained remnants of a flammable substance. Reportedly, the welder used the plasma torch to remove the drum lid without first checking whether the drum had been cleaned. A spark was caused upon the first contact of the flame with the drum, resulting in an explosion that caused the bottom of the drum to be blown off.
The dislocated piece of the drum smashed into the mechanic, causing him to lose consciousness. He was rushed to a hospital where he was diagnosed with traumatic head injuries that ultimately caused his death. Reportedly, the worker was proficient, knowledgeable and experienced in the use of a plasma torch. However, the written safety program of the farm apparently contained no safety standards for the removal of drum lids.
In Oklahoma, the surviving family members of the victim of a fatal workplace injury may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. An experienced attorney can answer their questions and explain the benefits to which they might be entitled. These typically include compensation to cover a funeral and burial, along with a wage-replacement package, and legal counsel can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout the navigation of the benefits claims process.