A teenager died on Wednesday, September 12 at a recycling plant due to fumes in the drain pipe that he was cleaning, according to The Los Angeles Times. The teenager and his older brother, who had attempted to rescue him, were found unconscious down a shaft. The victim’s older brother was critically injured but survived the incident. After the death, the tunnel was tested and found positive for high levels of hydrogen sulfide, a gas that is naturally produced from compost. The gas can damage a person’s brain and nervous system when inhaled.
The recycling plant had allegedly only issued painter’s masks and rubber boots as safeguards against the fumes for the brothers. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health as well as the U.S. Department of Labor are currently investigating the incident further.
It is a company’s responsibility to provide the proper safety equipment in relation to the job duties of its employees. All workplaces have their risks and possible causes of injury; however, fields that include construction, heavy machinery, and the presence of chemicals often hold great risk for workers. Everything ranging from falls to fume inhalation to heavy equipment accidents can happen at a job, and as such, injured workers are entitled to workers’ compensation in Los Angeles.
However, the most catastrophic injuries can lead to the death of a worker. If this was caused by the unsafe nature of the workplace or the negligence of a third party, such as a contractor, subcontractor, or manufacturer of a defective product, then the family of the worker can file a wrongful death claim against the responsible party or parties.
If one of your loved ones has died due to another’s negligence, then you have the right to pursue compensation for the anguish, hurt, and hardship caused by the death. The skilled California wrongful death lawyers at the law offices of Carpenter, Zuckerman, & Rowley have the dedication and legal knowledge to successfully fight for the proper compensation of our clients. The attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman, & Rowley won the largest verdict in Kern County history, a 31.6 multi-million jury award, for a girl injured in a drunk driving accident. For a free consultation about your specific accident, call us today at 213-514-8332.