Every job has its fair share of potential dangers that can lead to a worker’s inability to be able to function at his or her job, or in more extreme and tragic situations, lead to death. Industrial plants are one of those jobs that contain more risks than others and an accident at one in Goldsboro has left three workers’ families looking for answers.
Earlier this month, at SPX Transformer Solutions in Goldsboro, two men were killed and a third remains hospitalized, fighting for his life. Reports state the first man was working in a transformer when he became unresponsive. A co-worker then entered the transformer where he too lost consciousness. The third worker, in an effort to save the other two, also went into the transformer and soon after also lost consciousness.
Sources at this time do not have any information as to the cause of the industrial accident. However, SPX Corporation asserts that they are working closely with Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) to gain the answers as to how such an accident could occur, as well as how to prevent it from happening again. The company is offering grief support and counseling to the workers’ fellow employees.
Workplace accidents can cause minor injuries, in addition to more serious ones. In some cases, the accidents are so significant that a worker is killed. When a worker is killed on the job, eligible family members are often able to obtain wrongful death benefits to help offset the loss of income the deceased once contributed to the household. Depending on the circumstances of the worker’s death, other funds may be available. If you have been injured on the job, or have lost a loved one as a result of a workplace accident, it is important that you consult with an attorney who understands the laws surrounding workers’ compensation and wrongful death.