Few people wake up in the morning and consider the possibility that their lives may be at risk simply by doing their jobs. But that’s reality for many Virginians in a variety of occupations. Unfortunately, their risks may be magnified when their employers knowingly put them in harm’s way or fail to provide adequate training and safety equipment.
What qualifies as a work-related wrongful death? It can include fatal accidents, injuries, and illnesses such as:
- Exposure to toxic chemicals and materials—Workers in certain scientific, research, and industrial roles may be exposed to deadly chemicals. If they don’t receive proper training or safety equipment, they could be seriously injured or die.
- Lack of safeguards for heavy machinery—Many construction and industrial jobs require that workers be around heavy machinery. These devices should have sufficient safeguards to prevent workers from coming into accidental contact with them or being fatally injured.
- Falls from significant heights—Some jobs require that workers scale ladders, catwalks, scaffolding, and other suspended objects. When workers are doing their jobs high off the ground, safeguards should be in place to prevent them from falling if they lose their balance.
These are just a few of the work-related deaths and fatal injuries that can be considered wrongful deaths. If your loved one died on the job, it’s important to get in touch with an experienced Roanoke wrongful death lawyer right away. At Skolrood Law Firm, we can investigate what happened and determine your family’s best path forward. Contact us today for a free consultation.