DOUGLAS COUNTY, Neb. — An employee at the Darling Ingredients facility in Bellevue suffered serious injuries Jan. 19 in an industrial accident.
The employee was reportedly transported to Nebraska Medicine in critical condition after being pinned by a forklift at the food processing plant.
Authorities have not identified the victim or released any additional details about the accident.
Commentary on the Workplace Accident in Douglas County
I am deeply disturbed to learn of the forklift accident that injured an employee at the Darling Ingredients plant. I wish him a speedy recovery and his family strength in what I know is a challenging and stressful time.
I have unfortunately come across hundreds of accidents that bear similarities with this one during my career as a personal injury attorney. Serious workplace injuries and deaths are often preventable yet continue to happen in all kinds of industries and workplaces.
In this instance, authorities have not released enough information to determine what caused the victim to become pinned by the forklift or what he was pinned between or underneath. Authorities have also not yet reported the extent of their injuries, which may have life-long implications.
Like many who are forced to confront a tragic workplace accident, the family of the victim in the accident may be wondering if this tragedy could have been prevented. Did the victim receive proper training for the task he was performing when the accident occurred? Was the person operating the forklift certified to do so safely? Were safety standards followed by the food processing plant and all individuals involved in the accident?
Experienced individuals must conduct an extensive investigation to answer these questions and ensure the victim gets the justice he deserves. In the meantime, my thoughts and prayers go out to the victim.
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