Employer defense may help paper mill after a fatal accident
One employer may need an employer defense following a recent fatal industrial accident that could result in an injured worker claim. The employer immediately brought in counsellors to help workers cope with the sudden death of a co-worker.
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Employer defense may help paper mill after fatal accident

September 23, 2015
Sacks & Zolonz, LLP
Workers' Compensation Defense

Death can be an uneasy thing to deal with when people come face to face with it. This can be especially difficult when it occurs unexpectedly. Industrial work sites are notorious for being particularly dangerous in California. One employer may need an employer defense following a recent fatal industrial accident that could result in an injured worker claim. The employer immediately brought in counselors in order to help workers cope with the sudden death of a co-worker.

The incident occurred at a paper mill in mid-September and resulted in one worker dead. The 52-year-old industrial worker had been working in the shipping department as an equipment helper. The details of what had happened have yet to be released to the public by investigators and authorities. The woman who had been with the company since 1991 was pronounced dead at the scene of the industrial accident.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is now working with the paper mill company as well as local officials in an ongoing investigation into the accident. Investigators will continue to find clues that could lead to a more complete story of what had occurred. This may bring light to what may have contributed to causing the accident that left the woman industrial worker dead.

On the other hand, the employer may want to be ready with an employer defense strategy in the case that OSHA decides to issue citations for any safety violations that could have caused the incident. This can happen with any fatal industrial accident in California as well. If necessary, the employer may have to take legal action in order to minimize financial damage related to OSHA citations.

Source: thv11.com, “Arkansas woman killed in industrial accident in Ashdown“, Sept. 19, 2015

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