Cannot get over death at work

On Oct. 13, this year an employee that works with my wife had a heart attack
and fell in the floor. No supervisor was there and the office was locked.
there is no address on the building. My wife called 911 but didn't know the
address so she had to take time to tell them how to get there.

The plant has no system to deal with any emergency. After it was all over, all she can talk about is the man dieing and there was nothing she could do. she talks about it day and night and won't let it go. she keeps saying, if the plant had some kind of system, he might be alive today. I think it left a mark in her mind that she can't get rid of. On 2nd and 3rd shift there is no one at the plant to handle an emergency and I think the plant should be held responsible for my wife's condition. I would like to know if the plant has broken any laws or is it OK to leave employees alone without anyone on duty in case something happens.

1 answer  |  asked Mar 15, 2001 8:29 PM [EST]  |  applies to North Carolina

Answers (1)

J. Griffin Morgan
The company has a duty to protect employees from h

The company may not have broken any statutory law (a law passed by the General Assembly), but it may have violated the standard of care owed to its employees to protect them from harm. The family of the man who died may
have a claim in civil court, but I would have to know many more facts to give an opinion.

The family of the man who died may also have a claim for
workers' compensation death benefits depending on what caused the heart attack. Your wife also has a potential workers' compensation claim
depending on whether she begins to miss work or need medical treatment as a
result of the stress she is suffering.

J. Griffin Morgan

posted by J. Griffin Morgan  |  Feb 19, 2001 5:40 PM [EST]

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