The second fatal accident in 13 months occurred at the Huger Nucor Steel Plant in Berkeley County over the weekend.
Rescue Squads Work to Free Man
The most recent accident happened at about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 25. Rescue personnel from both Berkeley County and Charleston County responded to reports of a male worker pinned between pieces of moving equipment. It took crews about six hours to free the man. The Berkeley County Coroner pronounced him dead at the scene.
Authorities say that the 41-year-old man was a sub-contractor that lived in Spring, Texas. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) routinely investigates all fatal workplace accidents, so local authorities notified the federal agency of the accident. The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office and the Berkeley County Coroner’s Office will also participate in the investigation.
Last summer, a worker from Goose Creek died at the Nucor Plant when equipment fell on him, according to Live 5 News.
Although the investigation into this fatality is ongoing, workplace accidents are typically covered by state workers compensation laws. When deaths occur, such laws typically stipulate compensation for survivors. In certain cases, personal injury statutes may apply as well.
If you or a loved one is a victim in a workplace accident, it is possible to discuss the matter from a legal perspective with Columbia workers’ comp attorneys focused on relevant aspects of the law. Our firm offers a consultation at no cost to you. To learn more about our legal services, please contact us.