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Workers' compensation: Man falls to his death while working

Far too many Kentucky families have had to mourn the loss of a loved one after a construction accident. Some families qualify and receive workers' compensation death benefits when an on-the-job tragedy occurs. One daughter in another state may sadly be eligible for the insurance benefits following the death of her father in a workplace accident.

The 23-year-old father was employed by a subcontractor to install rebar at a school dormitory. At some point, he released his required tether and attempted to walk on plywood board throughout the site. It is possible that one of the plywood boards over an unfinished elevator shaft was not secure and gave way, resulting in his fall. He suffered serious injuries and did not survive. The state is currently investigating the accident.

It is unknown why the man was not tethered at the time of the fall, but the man's father is questioning if the job site could have been safer. Apparently, the father has seen pictures and other evidence that lead him to believe the plywood board that his son fell through was not properly shored up. He also believes that additional safety handrails near the elevator shaft could have helped to prevent his son's fall.

The loss of any loved one is upsetting, and along with the understandable grief, there are numerous decisions to be made. Funerals have to be planned and financed. Families, such as the man's daughter, also must determine how to survive life without the deceased's income. Families of victims of a tragic accident can ask a Kentucky lawyer about workers' compensation death benefits, how to file a claim and other possible outlets for legal recourse. 

Source: komonews.com, "State investigates construction worker's deadly fall in Seattle", Joel Moreno, Jan. 3, 2018

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