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Part-time job may result in wrongful death lawsuit

Working in a warehouse environment comes with occupational risks at the best of times, but these seem to increase as the holiday season causes an increase in the activity level at such facilities. A FedEx hub in Memphis has been the site of multiple deaths. The deaths may have been caused by possible misuse of equipment that might have been preventable and that may result in a wrongful death lawsuit.

FedEx is among the many companies who bring on extra help to assist with the increased workload during the holiday season. These workers have a right to expect that appropriate precautions have been taken to help ensure their safety while on the job. In a recent case involving the Memphis FedEx location, a 23-year-old man was transported to an area hospital following an unspecified accident at the facility. He later died as a result of his injuries.

While accidents in a warehouse environment are not 100% preventable, appropriate measures should be in place to provide safe guidelines for use of all such equipment. There should be sufficient documentation of safety procedures and the instructions should be made readily available to all employees. This should hold true regardless of whether the employees are temporary or full time.

It is not unusual for someone to take on a part time job at the holidays in order to have some extra cash available. However, one should not have to be in fear for one's life while doing such a job in Tennessee. Anyone who has lost a loved one in such a workplace tragedy may wish to consult with a legal professional regarding the feasibility of a wrongful death lawsuit.

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