A terrible accident in a warehouse injured 7 employees...one fatally.
One person has died and six other people are injured after a large shelving rack collapsed on them at a food distribution warehouse in Manassas, authorities say.
The accident happened at around 3:40 p.m. Tuesday at the Reinhart Foodservice warehouse in the 11700 block of Balls Ford Road.
According to police, an interior rack system used to store food products collapsed on several employees. A male worker was pronounced dead at the scene.
"A couple of employees were crushed right in front of me," said Marcus Yates. "I saw it with my own eyes."
Employees said an aisle of steel pallet racks holding thousands of boxes of frozen food products came crashing down.
"The support system for the beams started crushing, it started buckling and a domino effect all the way down the aisle," said Yates. "Everything came down."
"They are 30-foot tall," said Prince William County Fire Battalion Chief Thomas Jarman. "Think of your local warehouse store that you go into and put it on steroids."
Fire crews went inside the freezer warehouse searching for a missing employee. He did not survive the collapse.
"It was very chaotic," said another witness. "Everybody was just jumping over palettes trying to find people. Everybody is digging and pulling boxes out of the way."
This is a perfect case of how even when proper safety precautions are taken, there is still a chance of that "freak" accident. It's important to remember that those types of accidents are still covered by workers' compensation guidelines. Too many times, we've heard from injured workers who thought that since it was "just" an accident, they weren't able to seek compensation. This is NOT the case. You have rights...and no matter the injury, you should always report the injury, and seek out guidance on how to be compensated for your injuries.
If you have been injured while on the job, call us at 515-225-4485. Eric, Randy, and Sarahare ready and willing to sit down with you and go over your claim. Together, we can find the best route to take to make sure you receive all your rightful compensation. It's our job to fight for you...it's your job to recover from the injuries you've sustained at the workplace.