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Workers' compensation: man trapped and killed on job site

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a government agency that exists in Kentucky and across the country to ensure the safety of men and women in the workplace through various methods. One of the ways they strive to improve safety is by investigation or work accidents. Results of investigations may reveal areas of needed improvement, may help to enforce safety measures and may lead to new safety standards. In addition to an agency that strives to improve safety for workers, most employers are also required to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits in the event of an unfortunate work-related accident. Sadly, a family in another state may be discovering if they qualify for the insurance benefits after losing their loved one in a tragic accident.

The 27-year-old worker was on the job site working on the foundation of one of the company's projects. Apparently, the man was working alone. The company was digging out the foundation under a cottage with an excavator, and the cottage was stabilized and lifted up on multiple I-beams.

A co-worker arrived and found the worker pinned between the excavator and an I-beam. It is initially believed that something got caught, resulting in a collapse of some of the I-beams and trapping the worker. The worker was dead before emergency workers could attempt to save his life. OSHA is currently investigating the accident.

When tragic work-related accidents such as this one occur, it is understandably difficult for the family left behind to cope with the loss. Family members who are dependent on a worker's income may also find the transition financially difficult. Some dependent relatives are eligible for workers' compensation death benefits, which may assist during the difficult transition. Family members often find it comforting for a Kentucky lawyer who is familiar with the system to answer their questions and assist in filing a claim when eligible.

Source: Boston Herald, "DA: Landscaper killed in Gloucester construction accident", Laurel J. Sweet, Jan. 18, 2018

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