The death of an employee in a workplace accident raises some serious questions about the employer's roles and responsibilities toward providing a safe environment for its workers. This is because a workplace accident can not only claim the life of an individual and cause his or her family emotional and financial distress, but it also highlights the risks that other workers who perform similar jobs face on a day-to-day basis. One such incident recently occurred at the Philadelphia Zoo.
According to reports, a 57-year-old mechanic was killed after a golf cart, which he was repairing, fell on top of him in the zoo's garage. The victim's body was discovered when he did not show up for a scheduled meeting and another zoo worker came looking for him. The victim was rushed to the hospital at the University of Pennsylvania, but was pronounced dead on arrival. He is survived by his wife and three children.