Two workers died when they fell into a mobile fertilizer truck while they were working at a high school field. The workers were contractors hired to spread fertilizer on the field at Wisdom High School in southwest Houston. According to reports, one of the workers fell into the tank and another worker fell in while attempting to rescue him. The men were apparently overcome by toxic fumes from the fertilizer, causing them to lose their balance and fall into the tank where they died.
A third worker immediately called 911. Rescue teams arrived but it was too late to save the two workers. They were found inside the seed truck barrel. Generally, fertilizer is loaded into the bin where it will be distributed as the truck travels through the property. Fertilizer is a toxin and can be dangerous. In this case, the fumes caused the workers to pass out, landing them inside the bin.
Working with Hazardous Materials
Workers must take the proper precautions and need to have adequate training before they work with hazardous materials. Texas State provides a fertilizer chemical safety bulletin. Fertilizers provide a large amount of nitrogen into the soil. However, it is a dangerous substance. If you get it on your body, it can cause harm and if you get it in your eyes, it may cause blindness. The most significant aspect of fertilizer is the high concentration of ammonia gas. When ammonia enters the lungs in high quantities, it is harmful to the lungs.
Workers must exercise extreme care when they work with fertilizers. They should wear protective eyewear and skin covering. We do not know whether the workers, in this case, were properly protected. It is also unclear if they followed the correct safety procedures. The company that employs the workers should provide employees with adequate training and safety protection before they work with hazardous materials.
What to do Following an Accident
If you or a loved one was hurt in an accident at work, there are several things you should do. If you are severely hurt, call 911 for medical care. Report the accident to the company. The police will make a report and take witness statements. Workers’ compensation insurance may cover your medical treatment and provide you with a portion of your wages while you are recovering. If the company does not have insurance, you may need to file a claim to obtain the money you deserve. It is helpful to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
The Family Should Talk with a Lawyer ASAP after a Fatal Accident
Your lawyer will gather evidence in the case and protect your rights in a potential wrongful death case. You may be entitled to wrongful death damages. Your attorney will handle all aspects of your case so you can focus on your family in this trying time. At Baumgartner Law Firm we work to get our clients the maximum compensation possible. We have obtained millions of dollars in wrongful death cases and we will help you with your claim.
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