Tanker trailers pose a risk for employees in North Carolina since they have limited ventilation. If they contain oxygen-consuming substances, like hog farm sludge, workers inside them could lose consciousness or even pass away. Recent reports indicate that a worker died and two were injured after falling unconscious in a tanker trailer in another state.
Details of workplace incident
The recent tanker trailer incident took place a little before 9 a.m. on a Friday. It occurred at a truck wash business when a worker in an adjacent bay heard shouts from the trailer and went to investigate. When emergency responders arrived at the business, they discovered three employees had fallen unconscious in a trailer. One worker reportedly lost consciousness while cleaning sludge from inside the trailer, and two other employees entered the tanker to help him.
Police said a fourth worker heard shouts from the tanker and sought help. When rescuers arrived, they found all three individuals unconscious. They removed the victims after putting on personal protective equipment and took them to the hospital. Officials said one died. Authorities continue to investigate the cause of the tragedy.
Workers in North Carolina who have been injured on the job will likely benefit by hiring a workers’ compensation attorney at the first opportunity. Likewise, the dependents of workers who lose their lives in workplace incidents have every right to consult with a lawyer. An attorney can help them navigate the process of filing for workers’ compensation benefits or other legal claims that may be applicable.