A workplace accident resulted in the death of a worker at a grain elevator on February 9. The accident happened in Rocky, Oklahoma at around 4:30. Police reported that a worker at the Washita County grain elevator fell into equipment and became trapped inside the elevator. Emergency crews spent nearly an hour attempting to recover the worker’s body, and he was pronounced dead at around 5:20 p.m. The accident is being investigated by the Washita County Sheriff’s Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will likely join the investigation.
There are millions of people that spend more than 40 hours at their place of employment weekly. While most individuals are employed in occupations that are not deemed dangerous, they continue to be at-risk of being injured or killed in a workplace accident. In Missouri, companies that employ five or more workers, and nearly all construction companies, are required to purchase worker’s compensation insurance to protect the rights of injured workers. Worker’s compensation insurance benefits allow those injured on the job to receive medical treatment that is covered by the benefits. In addition to medical expenses, an injured workers wages are also replaced. However, they are only replaced at a rate of 66.6% of the worker’s weekly wage.
At Meyerkord & Kurth, we believe that you deserve the maximum amount of compensation for your damages. Our St. Louis worker’s compensation attorneys have handled numerous cases and will fight to hold your employer responsible. We will plan and execute a strategy necessary for success while supporting you during the case. If you have suffered a work-related injury, contact us today.