William Schmollinger Killed In Peru Industrial Accident At American Nickeloid Co

William Schmollinger, of Dalzell, Illinois, Died In Peru Industrial Accident at American Nickeloid Co.

William Schmollinger Killed In Peru Industrial Accident At American Nickeloid Co

LASALLE COUNTY, ILLINOIS (February 28, 2022) – A worker identified as William Schmollinger died in a Peru industrial accident after becoming trapped by conveying equipment at Nickeloid Co.

LaSalle County officials are saying that the accident took place on Monday, February 21. William Schmollinger was working at Nickeloid Co. when he became trapped in a piece of conveying equipment.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim. William Schmollinger was transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital in order to receive treatment.

Sadly, the worker died due to the severity of his injuries. Nickeloid Co. is a supplier of specialty coated metals and other products.  A full investigation by OSHA remains ongoing at this time.

Liability In Peru Industrial Accidents

Despite updated regulations and improved standards for workers safety, manufacturing industries  remain very dangerous. According to one report from the Centers for Disease Control, “The manufacturing industries had 836,700 injuries, representing nearly 20% of the private industry total. Manufacturing had an injury and illness a rate of 6.6 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers, down from 6.8 a year earlier.” Within all fields, fabricated metal products manufacturing stood out as being especially hazardous. Workers face a number of hazards on the job including:

  • Heavy machinery
  • Falls
  • Being hit by falling objects
  • Entrapment accidents
  • Electrocution

When a worker is injured or killed on the job they or their family may have legal recourse through the worker’s compensation system. Worker’s compensation in Illinois is  a no-fault system that can help with lost wages and medical bills. It is important that victims inform their employers as early as possible if they’ve been injured on the job. Depending on the facts of any case, there could also be numerous sources of third party liability for any accident.

Third party liability occurs when an entity separate from a worker’s employer contributed to an accident. For example, the manufacturer of a piece of conveying equipment could potentially be liable for an industrial accident. For the most part, entrapment accidents with conveying equipment are totally preventable. They can be stopped when manufacturers put adequate safety guards on their industrial equipment. There a number of steps that can be taken to help protect workers from industrial accidents.

  • Equipment should be regularly inspected and properly maintained.
  • Workers should be trained in lock-out/tag-out procedures.
  • Job sites should be maintained in a reasonably safe condition.

The family of any victim that died in an industrial accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help with lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It is crucial that evidence is properly preserved after any car accident. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations to keep in mind.

Investigating A Peru Industrial Accident

We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our deepest condolences to the family of William Schmollinger. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all who have lost so much. Safety should always be the top priority for every company. But far too often this is not the case.

Do you need more information about a Peru industrial accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights  and companies are doing everything in their power  to protect workers. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.