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 Against 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 is able to keep her anger under control (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.

Dorothy described what happened when her son, Mark, was fatally injured in a huge explosion in a…

Age at interview 65

Gender Female

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Michael’s son, Lewis, was injured in an explosion at the garage where he worked. He died 3 days later. Michael felt numb with grief.

After an explosion at the garage Michael and his wife went to the hospital to see Lewis, who was…

Age at interview 52

Gender Male

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