While the working conditions throughout the American workforce have greatly improved since the federal government first created the Occupation Health and Safety Administration, many workers continue to work in dangerous professions. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 4,500 workers killed on the job in the U.S. in 2011, with industrial and construction accidents continuing to be the most prevalent
According to a recent news report, a 21-year-old man from Sonoma County, California was recently killed in a fatal workplace accident while working for Thermalsun Glass Products. The employee was allegedly using a cart at the production plant to move multiple large sheets of glass when the cart tipped over and the load of glass toppled onto him. According to a co-worker at Thermalsun Glass, each pane of glass weighed more than 100 pounds.
The 21-year-old worker was crushed to death from the weight of the glass. According to one of the deceased's co-workers, the young man appeared to freeze when the glass began to tip towards him. He had reportedly only been with the glass company for four weeks when he was killed. While Thermalsun Glass Production has not received any safety violations, California state workplace safety regulators are currently investigation the fatal accident.
Each day, workers throughout the U.S sustain catastrophic or serious injuries in preventable workplace accidents. While not every accident is the result of employer neglect, companies do have an obligation to provide a safe and healthy work environment and to reduce, as much as possible, the level of risk. If an employee is injured in a work accident due to an employer's negligence, that employee may be entitled to compensation for his or her resulting injuries.
The Californian, "Sonoma man crushed by glass in workplace accident," April 20, 2013
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