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Workplace accidents can lead to Maryland employee deaths

Maryland workers trust that the company they work for has done everything they possibly can to ensure a safe work environment. When the employer does not comply with safety guidelines and laws, the consequences can be devastating. Workplace accidents that result from less then adequate or poorly made equipment can lead to serious injuries and even death for some employees. A FedEx airport hub in another state is under scrutiny after three workers have been killed on the job in less than three years.

When the holiday season approaches, shipping and deliveries pick up. With so much experience in this particular industry, one might think that FedEx has safety and efficiency down perfectly. But the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the shipping giant after a female employee was recently found dead under a conveyor belt. Her death follows that of a 39-year-old male who was crushed by a dolly in 2014 and a 19-year-old male who was crushed by a lift in 2015.

Some who have dealt with the company and the incidents in the past believe that faulty or sub-par equipment is to blame. Still others think training in the proper use of the equipment is not provided. Many are urging FedEx Corp. and the manufacturers of the equipment used by the company to check safety specifications and make upgrades. The company is currently under investigation by several local and state authorities.

When a worker suffers an on-the-job injury, options are available to help the employee financially when he or she is unable to work. The Maryland workers' compensation insurance program provides benefits for those who have suffered an injury due to workplace accidents. Should an injury prove fatal, the program typically provides survivor benefits to spouses and minor children. Utilizing the assistance and expertise of an attorney can possibly help to speed up the claims and, if necessary, the appeals process.

Source:, "Safety practices questioned after 3rd FedEx employee accidentally killed", Nov. 24, 2017

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