Loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences of life. Accidental deaths are all the more upsetting. Because of this, keeping in mind the safety of their workers and staff, company owners and employers put into practice various safety rules and policies to avoid workplace injuries or accidents. However, regardless of all of these warnings and safety cautions, sometimes accidents cannot be prevented.
Recently such a case happened in Port of Los Angeles in which one worker was killed and another seriously injured. The unfortunate incident occurred when a large tire, part of a top loader container handler, exploded, according to a report. Top loaders are the part of heavy equipment that is used for shifting shipping containers and heavy materials on the docks. The explosion took place while both men were working on the tire. It was not clear what exactly the reason was behind such a huge blast. An investigation has started by agencies such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Los Angeles Port Police and other agencies, however, the authorities are tight-lipped about sharing any further information about the incident at this stage.
According to LAFD, when their personnel reach the site, they found one person dead at the scene and another severely injured. The second man with serious head injuries was shifted to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he was placed in a medically induced coma.
Most often, workplace accidents occur in factories, warehouses or construction sites. Injuries caused by a work-related accident may be head or neck injury, fractured bones, burns, chopping of palms or hands and eye injury. The employer may be held liable for losses due to the workplace accident.
When workplace injury occurs, the aggrieved party may be entitled to workers’ compensation. This compensation may support their medical expenses, lost wages and other indispensable expenses until they are recovered completely. If the accident results in death, the family of the deceased person may recover damages for loss of companionship.