April 5, 2012
A worker at a steel plant in Salem, Virginia, tragically lost his life Monday in an on-the-job accident. According to The Roanoke Times, the incident occurred around 9:45 a.m. at the New Millennium Building Systems on Diuguids Lane.
Reports indicate that workers were unloading steel tresses from a truck when one of the 8,000-pound beams shifted loose and fell on the worker. He was pinned beneath the giant piece of steel and could not free his legs. Rescue crews were called to the scene and were able to lift the beam enough to free the man. He was then taken to Carillion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, but later died as a result of the massive injuries he sustained in the accident.
Both New Millennium Building Systems and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry are investigating the accident further to determine what could have been done to prevent it.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that fatal work injuries amongst workers in the material moving industry were up by 5 percent in 2010 from previous years and accounted for roughly one-quarter of all work related deaths with 683 workers killed.
The Virginia Wrongful Death Attorneys with the Skolrood Law Firm would like to send their deepest sympathies to the family of the worker who was killed and would also like to remind the public to always obey safety regulations at your job or worksite.