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Unsafe work environment causes deadly fire in China

June 20th, 2013 at 8:36 am

A deadly fire killed 120 people at a poultry plant in China where the workplace safety agency blamed the negligence of government inspectors and factory managers for the poor working conditions.

Lucy Managers at the Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Co. did not hold the required safety drills or educate workers on safety procedures according to Yang Dongliang, the State Administration of Work Safety head. He also reported that the safety exits were blocked at the time of the fire. Not only were the workers irresponsible, but the local government departments also failed to make proper inspections, said Yang.

These accusations about this industrial accident, which is the deadliest in five years, will most likely lead to many court cases involving government officials and high-ranked employees of the Poultry Co.

The cause of the fire has not officially been announced, but it is most likely to have been caused by and explosion that came from leaking ammonia. The fire began at a time when there were about 350 employees inside the building.

120 employees died, 77 were hospitalized due to injuries and another 17 were temporarily missing, although they were all found alive. Only one door was open for the employees to escape, and many were trampled by their fearful co-workers.

Employees’ families will most likely be compensated by the company for the loss of life and injuries of their family members.

Often times, workplace injuries do not occur in large incidents due to a massive wipe out of employees in a top news story. Just because employers are not put on the spot to correct poor and dangerous practices does not mean that workplace accidents do not happen or do not need to be corrected.

If you are the victim of workplace malpractice that has led to you becoming injured, contact a workers’ compensation attorney to file a claim. Attorneys at the Law Office of Francis J Discipio in Cook County, Ill. can help you today.


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Benefits for Workers’ Compensation may be the only option

February 27th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

LucyRecently, an Illinois Appellate Court decided to prevent a widow from suing her husband’s employer for negligence. This decision was based on the previous similar case Rodriguez v. Frankie’s Beef/Pasta & Catering. Allegedly, a Frankie’s employee, Jose Rodriguez, got into an argument with a co-worker and the two were sent home by the manager on duty. The following day, instead of reporting to work, the co-worker showed up and shot and killed Jose Rodriguez.

Mr. Rodriguez’s widow attempted to sue Frankie’s Beef/Pasta Catering, claiming that the restaurant was negligent in hiring the employee that killed her husband. The trial court, however, dismissed the lawsuit, stating that she cannot bring about a suit against an employer after the employer is already obligated to pay the workers’ compensation benefits.

Workers’ Compensation provides compensation to employees or their families after an employee has sustained an injury or has died at the workplace or in the course of employment.

According to Illinois’s workers’ compensation laws, employers are liable to damages due to accidental injuries or death sustained by an employee in the course of his or her employment, other than the compensation provided through the Workers’ Compensation Act.

After being turned down by the trial court, Ms. Rodriguez appealed the decision arguing that her husband’s death was not an accidental injury, stating the definition of accidental as “unexpected and unforeseeable.” Her argument was that because the manager sent the co-worker home after the altercation, his actions the following day were not accidental.

The appellate court also disagreed with Ms. Rodriguez and stated that there was no evidence to suggest that the employer knew, or expected, that the co-worker presented a threat to the safety of Mr. Rodriguez.

If you or someone you know has been injured or killed at work, contact the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio to fight for your workers’ compensation. Located in DuPage County, these workers’ compensation attorneys can get you all that you deserve.

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