An employee at a well-known Louisville factory owned by Carbide Industries, which has for decades been in the business of supplying the liquid chemicals used in this country's steel mills, died recently while on duty at the plant. While the precise cause of the accident is under investigation, initial indications from the 911 call were that the worker had been electrocuted.
For its part, Carbide Industries released a written statement reiterating its commitment to the safety of its workers and also emphasizing the accidental nature of this tragedy. Likewise, a local fire chief also indicated Carbide Industries had made some important improvements in its safety practices of late. He also believed the recent fatality was an accident, one of those things that can happen at even the best run factories.
Carbide Industries is not a stranger to fatal workplace accidents. Back in 2011, two employees died after a furnace exploded. Those investigating that accident later uncovered that the furnace was a known problem, and the subject of over 25 work orders. After that, and up through 2016, Carbide Industries received 9 OSHA citations for serious violations of workplace safety standards. The company had to pay a $100,000 fine to the government as a result of their allegedly lax safety practices.
In this case, the family of the person who died is, even in the midst of their grief, going to have to figure out how they are going to continue to get along financially without a breadwinner in their family. They should at a minimum be able to secure workers' compensation benefits, which can provide much-needed financial assistance with expenses and will also cover a portion of their lost income. In addition to these no-fault workers' compensation benefits, the family can also consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit depending on the circumstances of the accident.
Source: WDRB, "Carbide Industries employee dies in 'workplace accident,'" Feb. 15, 2018.