Mississippi Worker Falls Into Mississippi River While On Job – Search And Rescue Efforts Tragically Turn To Recovery Mission
There is no doubt that Mississippi workers who work on the Mississippi river have a number of workplace hazards to contend with every day. In addition to getting their work done, Mississippi workers who work on the Mississippi river or in other bodies of water in the state must constantly be on guard for opportunities to fall into the water, such as slipping, losing footing, tripping, being pushed accidentally or by equipment, and not watching where one is walking. Add to those hazards dangerous tools and machinery, high temperatures, falling objects, and the other common things that heavy laborers must contend with every day, and you have a recipe for a dangerous workplace on the water. A recent tragedy on the Mississippi river demonstrates just how dangerous working on the Mississippi river can be.
According to local news reports, a Mississippi barge worker fell into the waters of the Mississippi river on February 7, 2023. The accident occurred in the early hours of the morning in Natchez, Mississippi, at around 4:30 am near the Port of Natchez. According to local law enforcement authorities, the barge worker who fell into the river was in the vicinity of the Buzzi Unicem USA terminal on L.E. Berry Road when the accident occurred. The barge worker is said to have been attempting to climb a ladder onto a walkway when he fell into the Mississippi river. Local law enforcement began search and rescue efforts that lasted all day long, but they were unable to locate the barge worker. At around 5:45 pm, search efforts were called off due to nightfall, but were said to resume around 9am the following day. Local law enforcement authorities noted that the water is very cold in the Mississippi river at this time of year, and is also quite deep where the barge worker fell, reaching depths from 25 to 40 feet. Tragically, because of the conditions and length of the search without any recovery, the search is now considered a recovery effort.
Help for Injured Mississippi Workers
Whether a worker is a barge worker working on the Mississippi river, is a cook in a kitchen, or is a cashier working in a retail store, workplace accidents can happen at any time to practically any worker in Mississippi. When a worker is tragically killed on the job, there may be options for the workers’ family to receive compensation under Mississippi workers’ compensation laws. When a worker is unfortunately injured on the job, Mississippi workers’ compensation laws may entitle the worker to Mississippi workers’ compensation benefits such as wage replacement, medical costs, rehabilitation costs, and more.
If you have been injured on the job in Mississippi, the experienced and skilled Mississippi workers’ compensation lawyers at Lunsford Baskin & Priebe are here to help. The experienced Mississippi workers’ compensation lawyers at Lunsford Baskin & Priebe offer a free and confidential consultation to learn about your story and to see if they can help you. Contact Lunsford Baskin & Priebe today and speak to a lawyer about your rights and options for free.