• October 27, 2022

Man Killed in Cotton Gin Accident at BF&M Co-op in Rosebud, TX

Rosebud, TX -- October 26, 2022, a man was killed as the result of a work accident involving a cotton gin at B F & M Co-op.

Falls County Sheriff's Office officials said the incident happened at around 4:00 p.m. at B F & M Co-op located in the 600 block of FM 1671.

Right now, the exact cause of the accident remains unclear. Sources say only that a man became "stuck" in a cotton gin. Due to this, the man sustained fatal injuries.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Cotton Gin Accident at BF&M Co-op in Rosebud

It's tragic that the news doesn't really care about work fatalities like this. A man lost his life, and there need to be answers about what happened. Most of the time, there are challenges to that which people don't usually consider.

When it comes to work accidents like this, folks tend to assume workers' comp has everything handled. That isn't always true, especially with fatal incidents. For one, Texas does not require businesses to subscribe to workers' comp, meaning a family may have to go through the courts to get the resolution they deserve. Beyond that, however, even if a business does have workers' comp, they can make mistakes egregious enough to warrant consequences beyond the confines of workers' comp.

Man Killed in Cotton Gin Accident at BF&M Co-op in Rosebud, TX

I'll give an example from something I handled a while back. A worker was killed at a chicken processing plant. Essentially what happened was the worker was tasked with cleaning the inside of a large shredder that would get clogged up with residue. What was so shocking, though, was they basically had to crawl into this machine with a stick, and there were little to no safety procedures in place. As a result, the machine was turned on while the worker was inside.

We proved that a mistake like that rose to the level of gross negligence. While workers' comp generally protects companies from facing consequences in the courts after a workplace fatality, those protections don't apply when their actions are deemed to be grossly negligent--so negligent that it "shocks the senses".

Could it be something like that happened here? I certainly can't say without more information. But waiting around for the authorities isn't likely to provide much information in the coming days or weeks. It may take more thorough independent investigations to get the victim's family the answers they deserve.

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