The company Vestas had previously been in the news for possible illnesses due to chemical exposure in its factory plant in Windsor, Colorado. Now Vestas is in the news again, this time after a fatal work-related accident occurred in their factory in Pueblo, Colorado earlier this week.
A young contractor was crushed to death in a wind-turbine factory while loading tower sections onto a train car. Somehow he was crushed between the train car and a large forklift. Police are still investigating the fatal accident to determine what happened.
Vestas has expressed its sympathies to the family and friends of the young man. But fatal accidents such as this can leave family members in a difficult place, dealing with the loss of a loved one.
If the young man left behind a wife or children, they may have depended upon him for provisions. Many forget that a death will affect the victim's family financially, not just emotionally. Sometimes family members can be compensated with death benefits to provide financial support. While it does not make the situation any less painful, financial security can make it less stressful.
Even if he had survived the accident, he would have been seriously injured from being crushed between two very large, solid objects. His injuries would have required surgeries, therapy, and possibly even in-home care. His injuries might have given him a permanent disability that would prevent him from being able to perform his job functions. He would have had to deal with insurance companies to sort out workers' compensation to cover medical bills and lost wages.
The company that the young man worked for is a transportation services company that specializes in work with railroads and cargo shipping. Over the past four years, the transportation services company claims to have been accident free.
Source: ABC News Denver online, "Authorities ID Worker Crushed To Death At Vestas Factory," Alan Gathright and Wayne Harrison, 28 October 2010