MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - The mother of a man killed at the Omega Protein plant last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company.
Just Wednesday, family and friends of Christopher Hebert gathered outside the Moss Point plant for a memorial to remember the man killed one year ago. Hebert was dragged into a conveyor as he did maintenance work.
The lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court says Hebert, who worked at Omega Protein for three years, brought unsafe working conditions to the attention of supervisors, but no action was taken. The suit also says Hebert was trying to get fellow workers to unionize in order to bring about better working conditions, and that led to harassment.
On the day he was killed, the lawsuit says Hebert's safety monitor left while he was inside the conveyor and that another worker turned on the machinery, dragging him to his death.
The suit, filed by Hebert's mother Cynthia, asks for a list of damages including funeral and court costs, along with lost future wages, but it does not specify an amount.