Many Louisiana residents have seen those huge tanker cars on trains and wondered what's inside. In some cases, it is a particularly nasty substance that can cause serious or even fatal conditions in a person if they are exposed to the substance. But here's the kicker: once those tankers are emptied of their substance, someone has to go in there and clean it out.
Even though filing for workers' compensation can be a complex process, it also may seem that an injured worker should have no problem in acquiring workers' comp. He or she has been injured in a serious workplace accident, and all the injured worker wants is the financial coverage he or she should be entitled to under workers' comp to help them get by during this period of recovery and rehabilitation. Without that workers' comp an injured person (or his or her family) could struggle financially for a long time.
A 19-year-old employee at a manufacturing plant was hospitalized after being found unconscious by a forklift. Some of the 19-year-old's co-workers knew something was wrong when he didn't respond to radio calls. That's when the young man's co-workers searched for and found him. They called emergency responders who quickly airlifted him to a nearby hospital. He was listed in stable condition and it appears he will be alright. However, he did suffer burns and injuries to his arms and hands.
Fatal occupational injuries happen everywhere, and no matter where they occur, these injuries are devastating to the individual, obviously, and his or her family. They also affect companies, communities and many other aspects of society. If only we could completely eliminate fatal injuries from occurring in the workplace -- but of course that pipe dream will never come true. Some jobs are just inherently dangerous, and when a mistake is made or a negligent condition caused an accident, the incident needs to be reviewed to try to prevent future accidents from happening.