On Saturday morning, one worker was killed and another injured while performing maintenance on a ride when their safety equipment failed. The work-related accident occurred at the Tulsa Fairgrounds around 10:10 a.m. on Saturday. According to authorities in Tulsa, Steve Shelton and Michael Record were working on the Sky Ride when witnesses watched their baskets fall to the ground. Both men were left hanging by their safety harnesses and had to be brought to the ground by rescue crews. Shelton was hanging unconscious and is believed to have sustained a head injury when the baskets fell. As emergency crews brought him to the ground, he suffered cardiac arrest and died later that day at the hospital. His cause of death was from a cervical injury sustained in the accident. Record is listed in fair condition after both men had been hanging for around 35 minutes. Shelton and Record were employed with DMC Tulsa, LLC, and the accident was not caused by the Sky Ride, but rather, issues with their work platform. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating the accident and could take six months to complete.
Millions of Americans spend the majority of their lives earning a living. In fact, on average workers spend nearly 2000 hours a year at their place of employment. Most workers are not concerned with being injured or killed in a workplace accident. Unfortunately, thousands of workers sustain injuries and death in work-related accidents. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a work-related accident, you likely have grounds for a worker’s compensation case. It is imperative to contact an experienced St. Louis worker’s compensation attorney to recover the maximum compensation for your accident.
The worker’s compensation attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth believe you should focus your time and energy on recovering from an accident and not on recovering compensation. We will work diligently to obtain the amount of compensation you deserve for your damages while supporting you throughout the process. Contact us for a free no-obligation consultation.