Exploding Tire Kills Auto Employee in Missouri Work Accident

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An auto salvage employee died earlier this week after he was injured in a Missouri work accident. The employee was inflating a tire when it exploded at the business at roughly 8:00 a.m., according to KY 3.

The employee was taken to the hospital where he died around 12:00 p.m.

Our Kansas City workers’ compensation lawyers work to help ensure that workers receive benefits they are entitled to under Missouri Workers’ Compensation law. In our state, and employer is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance if the company employs five or more employees. The construction industry is the only field that requires insurance regardless of the number of employees. When a worker is killed on the job, a wrongful death suit may be warranted. The same is true of a personal injury lawsuit in cases where someone other than an employer is at fault.

An employee has the rights to receive medical benefits in the event of a work injury and they’re also to be granted temporary total disability benefits and permanent partial or permanent total disability benefits if necessary. If the injury results in death, certain surviving individuals may be entitled to weekly benefits from the employer or the insurer. Funding, up to $5,000, for funeral services will also be provided if the claim is filed correctly.

An Area Office Spokesman of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Kansas City says it will send an investigator to Christian County to investigate the incident.

According to a letter from Area Director, the Kansas City Area Office for Occupational Safety & Hazard Administration has seen a dramatic decline in work accidents over the last four decades. At the turn of 20th century, workplace fatalities in America were all too common as working conditions were dreadful and so were the few laws existed to protect employees. That’s why, since OSHA’s inception in 1970, workplace deaths have decrease by nearly 70 percent.

Significant progress has been made in reducing serious and fatal accidents, even as the U.S. workforce has doubled. However, thousands of workers remain at risk of serious injury or death on the job each year.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 4,500 were killed in work accidents in 2009, compared to 5,200 in 2008. The 2009 statistics represent the smallest annual preliminary total since the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) program began in 1992.

Workers are asked to remain cautious on the job and report any unsafe findings to either your employer or directly to OSHA. You are also urged to contact an experienced attorney if you’ve suffered an on the job injury as an attorney can help you fight for your rights and fight for the appropriate compensation.

Work site accidents causing serious injury and wrongful death requires detailed legal consultation and thorough investigations. We can arrange immediate no charge consultations and investigations. Please contact lead attorney Douglas R. Horn at 816-795-7500 or dhorn@hornlaw.com. Doug can put a team of experts to work for you and your family.