A tragic accident recently claimed the life of a worker in New Bedford. A seafood processing plant employee was fatally injured on the job after being caught in a shucking machine. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident.
According to authorities, the Massachusetts man was flushing the machine out when he became entangled in it at approximately 1:30 a.m. on a recent Thursday. The rotary turbine engine pulled him inside, causing his fatal injuries. The machine needed to be partly dismantled by the fire department in order to remove the man's body.
Authorities continue to investigate the incident to determine how it could have occurred. Should investigators determine that the accident was the result of safety failures on behalf of the man's employer, Sea Watch International Seafood Co., then the Occupational Safety and Health Administration may choose to sanction or fine the company. The company may also be required to improve its safety standards by a certain date.
At the end of the day, regardless who was at fault in this horrible accident, this Massachusetts man's family is likely entitled to workers' compensation death benefits. These benefits will be immeasurably helpful to the man's family to receive money to pay for his end of life expenses. Dependents may also qualify for money to compensate the loss of his income. After losing a family member who was suddenly injured on the job, the emotion and pain of the loss is so intense that financial concerns are the last thing that anyone wants to think about. The fact that a workers' compensation claim can help to resolve these financial concerns is an incredible benefit to those who are left behind.
Source: boston.com, New Bedford man dies at city seafood plant, No author, Jan. 17, 2014