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25-Ton Car Manufacturing Mold Falls on Japanese Plant Worker at Subaru Plant, Dangers of Falling Objects in the Workplace Cannot be Ignored


News of the death of a Subaru car plant worker in Japan has spread around the globe and serves as a stark and solemn reminder of the dangers of falling objects in workplaces around the world. According to Auto123 Online, a Japanese worker who was working at a Subaru motor vehicle manufacturing plant in Yajima in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, was killed on the evening of February 13, when a 25-ton mold used in the manufacturing process fell on him from above. The worker, who is said to have been a 60-year-old man with 35 years of experience working as an employee for Subaru, was working alone and operating a crane with a remote control to move the heavy molds. In the process, one of the molds is reported to have collapsed, “pinning [the worker] against another [mold]”. An autopsy of the worker revealed that he, ultimately, died due to asphyxiation.

Subaru is said to have halted all production at three of its manufacturing plants in response to the 60-year-old longtime worker’s terrible and horrific death. The Yajima Subaru manufacturing plant, where the worker was working, is where Impreza, Outback, Crosstrek, and Forester Subaru vehicles are manufactured.

Dangers of Falling Objects in Manufacturing Workplaces

The tragic accident that claimed the life of the 60-year-old worker in Yajima, Japan, is a reminder to all workers, particularly those in the manufacturing industry, that falling objects in the workplace can pose a serious threat to life and limb. In the blink of an eye, a regular workday can turn into a catastrophic and fatal accident when heavy or hazardous items, materials, or substances fall from heights onto workers. Workers can be killed by being crushed by falling objects, asphyxiated, like the Subaru worker, and can also be seriously injured by caustic or flammable materials. In order to prevent accidents caused by falling objects in the workplace, workers should exercise extreme caution, follow safety protocols, and make sure to wear adequate personal protective gear and equipment. Of course, employers should ensure that workplaces are free from falling hazards and that workplaces are safe for all workers.

Justice for Injured Workers in Mississippi

In Mississippi, most workers who are injured on the job and who are unable to work are entitled to important financial support called workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation benefits are available to most Mississippi workers to help them get back on their feet while they heal from their injuries, so that they can return to their regular jobs. Workers’ compensation benefits in Mississippi may include things like wage replacement compensation, medical expense reimbursement, and vocational training, among other important benefits. In order to determine whether you may be owed Mississippi workers’ compensation benefits, and potentially how much, it is best to speak with an experienced Mississippi workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible about your particular case.

The experienced Mississippi workers’ compensation lawyers at Lunsford Baskin & Priebe, PLLC offer a free and confidential consultation to learn about your case and to see if they can fight to get you Mississippi workers’ compensation benefits due. Contact Lunsford Baskin & Priebe, PLLC today and speak to a lawyer about your case for free.



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