Attorney Matthew R. Arnold answering the question: “Are the laws or rules applying to a wrongful death claim different from a personal injury not involving death?”
Everyone knows that industrial work can be dangerous. The large and powerful machines combine with a host of other potentially dangerous workplace conditions and can lead to disaster in some cases. We hope that employers take action to mitigate these risks, by inspecting machines carefully and providing safety training to workers. Sadly, this does not always happen and innocent workers pay the price.
Police in North Carolina say that a man from Randleman, NC died in a workplace accident late last week. Authorities have revealed that the victim was 61-year-old Martin Soto Rodriguez. Rodriguez was working at the Deep River Dyeing Company at the time of the fatal accident.
Emergency responders say Rodriguez was loading a machine at the dyeing factory when he became tangled in the fabric and was ultimately pulled into the machine. The machine he was loading the fabric into is similar to a washing machine and works by spinning the water out of the fabrics at very high rates of speed.
Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene and his family was notified soon thereafter. Officials with the North Carolina Department of Labor say they are investigating Rodriguez’s death and will be looking carefully to ensure that all required safety procedures were followed in the case.
Workers in the construction industry, agriculture and commercial fishing face some of the most dangerous workplace conditions in North Carolina and across the country. However, factory workers are close behind in terms of the number of workplace wrongful death accidents. Though factories in North Carolina are governed by state and federal OSHA regulations, this does not mean that all the rules are followed all the time.
Manufacturing accidents, machinery malfunctions, chemical spills, electrocutions or poor safety procedures can all contribute to serious or even deadly accidents. Because so many machines operate at such high speeds and are so powerful it only takes one mistake for a worker to suffer a debilitating injury.
If you, or someone you know, have any questions regarding personal injury claims, please feel free to contact the experienced personal injury attorneys and lawyers in Charlotte, North Carolina at Arnold & Smith, PLLC for a free consultation. Call at 704-370-2828.
About the Author:
Matthew Arnold is a Managing Member with Arnold & Smith, PLLC where he focuses his practice on Personal Injury, Family Law and Business Litigation. Mr. Arnold began his career handling insurance defense litigation for several major insurance companies. He also went on to handle business litigation cases and high value mortgage fraud cases, primarily in Superior Court.
Mr. Arnold grew up in Charlotte, graduating from Providence Senior High School and continued his education at Belmont Abbey College on a basketball scholarship. After graduating cum laude he attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a full academic scholarship. In his spare time, Mr. Arnold enjoys golfing and spending time on the North Carolina Coast with his wife and three young children: two daughters and one son.
“Randleman man was victim in industrial accident,” by The Associated Press, published at CharlotteObserver.com.
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