One early morning in October 2012, an employee of Bumble Bee Foods was
carrying pallets of canned tuna into a 35-foot-long oven. While the man
was still inside the oven, other employees shut the door without noticing
the man was missing. He died in the pressure cooker due to extreme temperatures
reaching approximately 270 degrees.
As a result, Bumble Bee Foods was ordered to pay $6 million for “willfully
violating worker safety rules.” Additionally, two employees, the
company director of plant violations and the safety manager, were charged
with felony offenses for violating the worker health and safety protocols
put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The Importance of Worker Safety Regulations
When companies and businesses employ and regulate worker safety regulations,
they help prevent avoidable injuries and fatal accidents.
Under the OSHA act, employers are required to provide a safe work environment
at all times, by providing the following:
When employers fail to maintain safe working conditions, the likelihood
for detrimental injuries increases exponentially. In fact, in 2014, 4,251
employees died in fatal accidents while in the workplace.
The most common fatal work accidents were caused by the following:
- Caught in/between
- Struck by object(s)
We Represent Workplace Injury Victims Throughout Virginia
If you have sustained a serious injury in a workplace accident or have
lost a loved one due to the negligence of that person’s employers,
you have rights to file a lawsuit against the responsible individual(s).
To discuss your case, contact
our Virginia personal injury lawyers from The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC today. Backed with over 30 years of legal
experience, our team can provide aggressive representation to help you
and your family recover maximum financial compensation for your injuries
or losses. When you become our client, we will treat your with compassion
as we relentlessly fight for your rights and future.
Don’t wait. Pursue justice by
calling the Virginia personal injury attorneys from The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC today!