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Manufacturing accidents: Ford Motor Co. employee dies on the job

Industrial workers in auto manufacturing plants in Illinois and other states face numerous safety hazards whenever they are on duty. Employers are responsible for the safety and health of employees, and they must comply with safety guidelines. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes safety regulations, and compliance can prevent manufacturing accidents.

OSHA recently launched an investigation into a fatal workplace accident that occurred at a manufacturing plant of Ford Motor Co. in a neighboring state. A 41-year-old electrician died in what was initially reported to be an electrocution. However, a preliminary coroner's report indicated that the man died from blunt force trauma -- the final cause of death is pending. A spokesperson for the police department reported that officers responded to the scene shortly before 1 p.m. on a recent Saturday.

Reportedly, police arrived to find that paramedics were already there. However, the victim had already succumbed to his injuries. The compliance inspectors of OSHA will continue the investigation to determine the circumstances that led to the worker's death.

Losing loved ones in manufacturing accidents are naturally traumatic experiences, and having to face the financial consequences can exacerbate the pain. Fortunately, the Illinois workers' compensation insurance system provides death benefits to surviving family members of deceased workers. Along with coverage for a funeral and burial, survivors' benefits typically include a financial package to cover financial obligations and day-to-day living expenses. These benefits are typically based on the average weekly wage of the deceased worker and will continue for a predetermined period.

Source:, "Probe underway into death of Ford worker at Ky. plant", Jackie Charniga, Dec. 15, 2017

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