Sugar may be a sweet staple in every kitchen across America, but a fatal accident at a Florida sugar facility this month illuminated the dangers associated with producing the major cash crop. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a Florida worker was killed in an accident at U.S. Sugar’s Clewiston facility on February 4th. The victim, Jeremy Scott Mullins, 25, was reportedly washing down sugar cane plants on the ground between the plants and a large piece of industrial equipment known as an “A frame.” According to a Hendry County Sheriff’s Office report, the A frame moved forward toward the plants and Mullins became trapped between the A frame and the ground.
A saw was used to cut the bar Mullins was trapped under, the report said. He was immediately transported to Clewiston Medical Center, then airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital, where he later died of his injuries. While no further information has yet been released, an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident.
Working in a factory or large manufacturing plant has a long history of being a dangerous occupation. While large and powerful machines make the manufacturing process easier for workers, they can also greatly compromise their safety. Workplace safety standards continue to improve, but there is always a chance of an accident occurring on a job site due to:
- Faulty Equipment
- Employee Errors
- Inadequate Safety Training
- Lack of Protection from Hazardous Materials
- Slip and Falls
- Toppling Objects
- Machinery Collisions
- …and more.
In legal terms, accidents in the workplace can fall under several different practice areas including premises liability, product liability, or wrongful death. It’s important to know that if you or a loved one is injured or killed in a workplace accident, whether it’s in a factory, a construction site, or an office, you have legal rights and may be eligible to receive compensation. At the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham P.A., we understand that no settlement can replace a life or undo a serious injury, but receiving compensation can help pay for medical bills, replace lost wages, pay for funeral expenses, compensate your emotional pain and suffering, and defray the costs of rehabilitative care and other expenses.
If you’re searching for legal representation in order to seek damages within a wrongful death case, the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. are here to serve you. If another party – a person, company, or other organization – might be held liable for the death of your loved one, you and yours might be entitled to financial compensation important to your future and essential to your quality of life.
We understand that the weeks, the months, and sometimes the years following the loss of a family member are hard. Grief comes in many forms, and at times it can feel impossible to focus on work, daily tasks, or much of anything. For a period of time, the thought alone of attempting to navigate the multifaceted legal system can be too much for surviving family members to bear. This being said, there are a number of reasons why you should consult an experienced lawyer who is knowledgeable in the area of wrongful death and premise/product liability. Moreover, you should consult with legal professionals sooner rather than later due to statutes of limitations, which restrict the period of time within which survivors can seek compensation.
To schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced Florida personal injury or wrongful death attorney, call the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham P.A. at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587).
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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