OSHA investigating tragic St. Louis forklift accident

Officials from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating a fatal workplace accident in St. Louis.  The accident occurred earlier this month at around 12:20 P.M. at the Supervalu Distribution Center.

Accident reports state that 53-year old worker Donald C. Mitchell was operating a forklift at the distribution center when something caused him to be thrown from the machine.  One witness to the accident told police officers that after hearing an uncharacteristic commotion, he looked and saw boxes of Cambell’s Soup falling and then Mitchell being thrown from the forklift.  The witness said that Mitchell’s body ran into a rail and then his back and head hit the floor.

Investigators are waiting to receive documents about the forklift’s maintenance.  Paramedics rushed Mitchell to a nearby hospital but he passed away less than 3 hours after the accident.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mitchell’s family and friends during this difficult time.


Chemical accident at N.C. poultry plant caused by ammonia leak

This week, a chemical accident occurred at the House of Raeford poultry processing plant in Raeford, North Carolina.  Officials from the company say that they noticed a leak at 2:30 P.M. on Wednesday and while attempting to repair it, another leak occurred.  About 6,000 pounds of ammonia were released from the plant in the chemical accident causing one worker to go to the hospital and 800 people living nearby to evacuate.

The poultry producer has come under harsh criticism in the past years for their working  conditions and ability to evade strict fines from the N.C. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  This week’s accident makes the third chemical accident at a House of Raeford plant in the past 8 years.  Exposure to ammonia can cause serious, and even somtimes fatal, respiratory complications.

If you or someone you love has suffered respiratory complications from exposure to a harmful chemical due to unsafe working conditions, contact the Raleigh lung diseases attorneys of Scudder Seguin, PLLC at (919) 851-3311 today.


Worker dies at Raleigh recycling plant

Last week, a fatal workplace accident occurred at the Sonoco Recycling plant in Raleigh. There were no witnesses to the accident. Officials from the North Carolina Department of Labor are investigating the incident to determine what caused the accident and if anybody should be held responsible.

According to a Sonoco spokesperson, the accident occurred at around 9:30 P.M. last Wednesday evening at their plant on South Rogers Lane. The victim has been identified as 39-year old Simon Martinez. Martinez had been under contract with a staffing company to work at the plant since March.  Company officials said that he often operates a forklift but was not on the machine at the time of the accident.


Worker dies at W. VA coal mine

Yesterday morning, a worker was killed in a tragic workplace accident at the Kingston Mining Inc. #1 coal mine in Fayette County, West Virginia.

56-year old William Dooley was working on bolting a section of roofing in the mine when a rock suddenly fell and hit him. Emergency crews were able to help him out of the mine and take him to Raleigh General Hospital. Dooley later passed away at the hospital due to the injuries he sustained in the accident.

Authorities at Kingston Mining Inc. told reporters that Dooley had worked on bolting roofing for the company since 2001.

Our utmost sympathies go out to Dooley’s family and friends during this difficult time.


Car mechanic dies in workplace accident

A tragic workplace accident occurred this past Saturday around 4 in the afternoon at the Whip Appeal Auto on 3110 E. Bessemer Ave. in Greensboro.  19-year old Talon James Brandon was working on a vehicle when it fell on top of him and killed him.

Authorities arrived at the scene of the accident to find Brandon underneath a car.  Based on initial investigations, police believe that whatever was holding the car up collapsed causing the vehicle to fall on top of Brandon.  No one from Whip Appeal Auto has made a comment regarding the accident.

A representative from North Carolina’s Department of Labor and detectives were at the scene Saturday to begin investigations.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Brandon’s family and friends during this difficult time.