Chemical manufacturing plants in California and elsewhere around the nation are potentially hazardous work locations. There are dangerous raw materials at the work sites that are used in a variety of volatile processes. Workplace accidents can occur, despite the presence of extensive safety procedures and government regulations. Unfortunately, an employee at a chemical plant in another state recently died following an early morning incident.
The local public safety office reported that a employee was electrocuted while on the job at a manufacturing plant. The company reportedly makes calcium carbide at this facility. A corporate spokesperson referred to the incident as a workplace accident. She stated that the safety of the company's workers is of extreme importance. Government officials will be investigating the cause of the accident and the company will work in cooperation with them.
Records show that two previous deaths occurred at this location seven years ago. An explosion caused those deaths as well as injuries to two other employees. At the time of the incident in 2011, everyone within one mile of the plant was given a warning to shelter in place.
Though companies may have thorough safety guidelines and procedures in place, employees may still suffer serious injuries or lose their lives in workplace accidents. Companies may have failed to adequately train their employees regarding potentially hazardous situations in the course of the duties. Safety equipment and other safeguards may be outdated or missing. A California workers' compensation attorney can assist families in obtaining all benefits to which they are entitled. A lawyer can also help clients seek additional compensation by pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit in appropriate circumstances.
Source: courier-journal.com, "Louisville worker dies at Carbide Industries LLC in Lake Dreamland", Thomas Novelly, Feb. 15, 2018