A tragic accident on September 25 left one food production worker injured at a Fayetteville, NC plant that already suffered two fatalites in an unrelated accident on September 12.
The first concerning workplace accident happened on September 12. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said that two employees were found unresponsive at the Valley Proteins plant around 1:30 PM, and the building was evacuated as Hazmat crews were called to the scene. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the deaths.
The second accident occurred on Saturday, September 25, around 4:30 AM, about two weeks after the two workers were found dead inside the plant. Reports say the workers were operating a mini tractor-truck with a crane to lift the front of a trailer, but the trailer ended up being too heavy. Somehow, the crane doing the lifting then toppled over, and a boom landed on the cab of the mini tractor-trailer, which crushed the driver sitting in the trailer. Witnesses say he only survived the accident because he saw the boom coming and threw himself onto the floor of the vehicle. Unfortunately, he was still injured.
“The truck crane tried to lift a trailer and it was too heavy for the truck crane, and it actually overpowered the crane and then, boom. [It] landed on the cab,” said Chris Hollis, who spent a year working for the plant as a raw materials driver, and is now the spokesman for the Valley Proteins Blue Collar Workers Organizing Committee. The committee has raised concerns about long work hours, lack of personal protection equipment, hazardous pay, paid sick leave, wage theft, and unsafe working conditions.
Unfortunately, workplace injuries and fatalities have risen in recent years, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2019, there were 5,333 fatal work injuries reported in the US, a 2 percent increase from 2018. Fatalities in the private construction industry also increased by 5 percent.
There can be many contributing factors in workplace accidents, including failing to follow safety regulations, improperly maintained equipment, lack of appropriate training for workers, and lack of supervision at the site.
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Editorial Note: At A&A we are always looking to improve the quality and safety and are saddened by the outcome of many tragic accidents across the Carolinas. The purpose of this news blog is to write about cases relevant to our industry and raise awareness about injury cases so that victims of similar incidents can educate themselves on theories of liability, the law, and how personal injury cases typically work. This article is created using publicly available information and is a secondary source. If you find any information here to be inaccurate, please notify us at [email protected], and we will make the appropriate adjustments.