Bereavement due to traumatic death

Death due to an industrial explosion

Those bereaved as a result of unsafe or unhealthy workplaces often feel angry and frustrated. Some feel that employers should have prevented these incidents and that they have not had justice. Some of those bereaved in this way belong to Families Aganist Corporate Killers (FACK), a national network which campaigns to stop workers and others being killed in preventable incidents and which guides bereaved families to sources of legal help and emotional support.

In 2005 Dorothy’s son, Mark, was killed in an industrial incident. He was working in a waste and recycling plant. On the day he died he had been asked to load and bale 4,000 gas filled aerosols. The machine was not designed for this purpose. At first Dorothy was ‘consumed with rage’. Now she keeps her anger under control (also see Dorothy’s account in ‘Changing emotions and physical reactions). Dorothy appreciated the kindness of the intensive care unit doctor but felt that the family liaison officer was very insensitive at this time.

Michael’s son, Lewis, was injured in an explosion at the garage where he worked. He died three days later. Michael felt numb with grief.

Last reviewed October 2015.
Last updated August 2013

 

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