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Worker at Parker Hannifin's Ligonier Plant Electrocuted to Death

Steve Wagner

Horrific workplace injuries and deaths are far too common in the United States, especially knowing that most of these accidents are preventable with proper safety precautions. In one of the recent incidents, which took place on March 19th of this year, a 55-year old worker at Parker Hannifin’s Ligonier plant in northern Indiana was electrocuted to death while he was performing routine electrical maintenance work inside the plant manufacturing integrated sealing systems for automobiles. The victim was found unconscious by co-workers, who administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but to no avail. The medics later pronounced him dead at the scene.

The exact cause for this tragedy is still under investigation by the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

However, regardless of the outcome of OSHA’s investigation, or the company’s in-house investigation, for that matter, the relatives of the deceased can file a wrongful death suit, seeking damages against the employer for failing to provide safe working conditions, and for failing to respond to the accident in time.

It is imperative that you are well represented by a qualified work comp lawyer in cases like these. Industrial accidents have many dimensions, and it often requires meticulous preparation to prove negligence to the jury and negotiate with the employer’s insurers that the next of kin deserves a higher level of compensation.

The employer may have counterclaims of the employee’s negligence leading to the accident, and such claims have to be countered with strong facts and evidence for the wrongful death charges to stick.

When evidence is inconclusive, success very often depends on raking up corroborating evidence. In this case, even before this electrical accident, OSHA had already found Parker Hannifin Corp of having nine safety violations at the company’s metal fabricating plant in Grantsburg, and imposed penalties. Two of these nine violations were repeat violations, for failing to protect workers from amputation and electrical hazards. Facts like these can be superbly helpful when trying to prove negligence on the part of an employer.

Contact the work injury and wrongful death lawyers at Wagner Reese at (888) 204-8440 for a free case evaluation. We are confident of success because we work hard for our clients and help them get the money they deserve.

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