On Monday afternoon, a workplace accident claimed the life of a worker in Pekin, Illinois. As crews were dismantling a metal corn dryer at the Illinois Corn Procession Plant, one worker was struck by a large piece of metal that had fallen. The worker, said to be a middle-aged male, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Rescue crews arrived at the scene at around 11 a.m. and the unidentified man was pronounced dead. The accident is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Workplace accidents result in the deaths of thousands of individuals every year and many more are injured. Falls, blunt force trauma, and repetitive trauma injuries are the most common damages a worker sustains. However, there is a wide range of accidents and injuries that happen every year at people’s place of employment. According to OSHA, 4,679 workers were killed in work-related accidents in 2014, which equals approximately 90 workplace fatalities a week. While the number of workplace accidents continues to decrease over time, thousands of individuals are continuously at risk of being injured or losing their life while attempting to earn a living. If you have lost a loved one in a work-related accident, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death case.
The experienced St. Louis wrongful death attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth will support you with compassion during this time while we fight to hold all parties responsible for their negligence. Our attorneys have recovered over $350 million in compensation and will work tirelessly to recover the maximum amount for your medical bills, loss of economic support, funeral expenses, and mental anguish. Contact our office today to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.