Every year, there are multiple reality-tv singing competitions, and each year, one person is crowned the winner and awarded fame and fortune. For the hundreds of others that do not receive this crown though, they are rewarded with some amount of notoriety and fame, but ultimately, they return to the real world and their “normal” jobs. This also means, when they return, they are at risk of jobsite injuries, just like the rest of us. This was, unfortunately, what happened to a reality-tv singer who was killed on the job.
Thomas Wells is well-known across the country and New York City for his fan-favorite performances on several reality-tv singing competitions, including “X-Factor,” “The Voice” and “America’s Got Talent.” He was a self-taught musician and singer that played multiple instruments, which he showcased in each of his performances.
The fatal workplace accident
According to reports and his obituary from Nov. 26, the reality-tv singer was working in an Oklahoman tire manufacturing plant. At some point and for unknown reasons, the 46-year-old reality-tv star was dragged onto an automatic conveyor belt, where he sustained serious injuries. He was rushed to the hospital, but he eventually died from those injuries in a Texas hospital.
For those in the New York City metro area, the key takeaway from this story is that workplace accidents can happen to anyone and at any time. In the immediate aftermath of a workplace accident, worker’s compensation will kick in to cover immediate medical expenses. It can also cover death benefits and payments to surviving family members. Though, depending on the nature of the accident and the workplace, one may need to contact a professional to help fight for those benefits.