An independent contractor who was working in the Purina plant near Hagerstown, Maryland, was killed in an industrial accident recently, according to a report released by Public Opinion Online. Purina is known for its line of foods for cats and dogs.
The man, a resident of Mercersburg, was cleaning one of the machines in the plant when he lost his balance and fell into a feeder line. Emergency personnel responded quickly to a 911 call placed from the plant, but were unable to save the man’s life.
Both Purina’s health and safety officials and the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Division are investigating the accident to determine how it happened. Officials did not want to comment on the man’s untimely death until the investigation was complete.
The families of employees who lose their lives on the job in Maryland are often eligible for workers’ compensation payments to help replace the lost wages and repay the medical bills from their lost loved one. Contract workers like the man lost in this accident, however, are usually not covered by Maryland workers’ compensation laws. However, the families of contract workers also have rights under Maryland law, especially if the loss of their loved one was caused by another’s negligence or reckless behavior.
If you have lost a family member while they were on the job in Maryland, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Maryland accidental death attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at 301-932-9997 or toll free at 844-632-7274.