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Worker Death at Deadly Detroit-Area Steel Plant under Investigation

June 7, 2017

A 32-year-old fell to his death May 22 while working at a Michigan steel mill. He was employed by an industrial construction contracting firm that provides various services. It is not clear if the fall happened as a result of a crane collapse. It was the fourth death at the plant in less than four years. The company has eliminated a quarter of its salaried employees and slashed thousands of jobs in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois and Alabama.

Although very little has been disclosed about the accident, authorities have said the man fell 20 feet and that city police and fire services were not called because the company has its own emergency response personnel. The State of Michigan’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) would only say that an investigation is ongoing and will take several weeks or months to complete.

Workers say the steel company has implemented deep cost-cutting measures that have undermined basic safety. They face grueling work schedules, including seven-day workweeks. The mills are dangerously understaffed; the company has eliminated a quarter of its salaried employees and slashed thousands of jobs in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois and Alabama. Overworked electrical and mechanical maintenance crews are too hurried to take precautionary steps that were once standard.

When a worker is killed in an accident, the worker’s estate has the option of filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the employer and any third party responsible. The estate of the deceased must prove: (1) the employer had a duty to its employees and any foreseeable worker on the premise to provide a safe work environment; (2) the employer breached that duty by (for example) failing to routinely inspect the premises or by failing to install proper safety measures; (3) as a result of the breach, the worker suffered an injury; and (4) as a result of the injury, the worker died.

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If you or someone you love has been injured in a steel mill or other work-related accident, your employer may be liable for your injuries. Contact an experienced attorney to discuss your potential claim. If you are currently in the litigation process for a wrongful death lawsuit and need immediate financial assistance due to medical expenses, loss of wages, funeral & burial expenses, mortgage/rent, and living expenses, contact Litigation Funding Corporation. We provide cost-free, no-obligation consultations. And, remember — we don’t collect a dime unless your case is settled or won. Call us today at 248-702-6022.

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