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Phoenix Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Workers' compensation helps grieving families in wake of loss

Because construction sites tend to be relatively more dangerous places to work, most construction companies try to do everything they can to keep their workers safe. Sadly, accidents still happen from time to time, which is one of the many reasons workers' compensation is so important. When an Arizona employee is killed in a workplace accident, the last thing the surviving family should have to worry about is money.

After a workplace accident in another state, workers' compensation will likely benefit the grieving family of a man who was killed recently while working at the SteelSummit construction site in Forest Park. The man died after a steel coil weighing somewhere between 30,000 and 50,000 pounds fell on him, pinning him from the waist down. According to reports, a 911 caller said there was a crane that could lift the coil off the man, but he was advised to await the arrival of EMTs.

Rules surrounding Arizona workers' compensation often complex

The laws surrounding workers who were injured on the job, in Arizona or elsewhere, are often complex, full of stipulations and exceptions. A recent workers' compensation case in another state proved no different. Workers' compensation is an insurance that was implemented to help protect injured employees, but with so many complicated rules and so many possibilities, the representation of a lawyer frequently proves critical.

The recent case ended with both a workers' compensation settlement and a civil suit settlement. It involved a woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury after driving from work late at night and getting into a severe car accident. She was returning home after working on a special audit at 2:30 in the morning when she veered off the road and collided with a tree.

Work accidents devastating when worker dies

An accident on the job in Arizona can mean lost wages, medical expenses and pain. But even more upsetting are work accidents that result in a loss of a life. In another state, a worker died at the construction site of a new hotel that he was helping to build.

According to reports from the local sheriff's department there, the 45-year-old subcontractor was hard at work drilling holes in a ceiling when he fell from a ladder. Tragically, the man died at the scene. He was later discovered by a co-worker.

Work accidents often avoidable with proper safety protocols

Worksites can be dangerous places. However, it is for this very reason that there are safety protocols in place. Procedures should be followed at all times to ensure the safety of Arizona workers and to avoid as many work accidents as possible. In another state, not following these safety procedures seems to have led to a dangerous workplace accident.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a trench collapse that occurred on Tuesday, March 14. A 23-year old worker for Utility Trenching, Inc., found himself trapped inside a trench for almost seven hours. The employee had been working on a sewer main project when the trench collapsed and buried him up to his waist in dirt.

Industrial accident results in man's head trapped in excavator

After an employee has been injured on the job in Arizona, the last thing he or she should have to worry about is money. Especially in cases of severe injury where surgery is required, the injured worker should be able to concentrate on recovery, not how he or she is going to afford to pay for any required medical treatments. In another state, an injured worker had just such an experience after an industrial accident led to him needing surgery.

An employee of C&D Waste is now recovering from the surgery that was required after a workplace accident resulted in his head getting stuck in an excavator. The incident took place at approximately 3 p.m. on March 15, when the man's head somehow became trapped between the excavator's cab and the arm-like boom part of the device. No one seems entirely certain how the incident actually occurred.

Appeals court finds in favor of woman injured on the job

While many workers in Arizona may know about workers' compensation, most people are trusting enough to believe that, should they ever need it, the system is almost automatic and guaranteed. Unfortunately, this is often far from the case. A woman who was injured on the job in another state had to fight to receive her benefits because her employer had rejected her workers' compensation claim.

In September 2014, the 21-year-old airport employee was at her job at the international airport when her mother brought her some food. As the employee was driving a luggage tug to get her meal from her mother, the tug flipped. As a result of the crash, the woman lost her lower leg.

Workers' compensation provides benefits for surviving family

When employees suffer an injury on the job and have to miss work, they should not have to worry about whether they will be able to pay their bills. This was the reason that workers' compensation was instituted as an insurance to help cover missed work hours and pay for healthcare for Arizona workers who were either injured while doing their jobs or became ill as a direct result of their work. What happens, though, when the accident goes beyond injury and kills the worker? Thankfully, workers' compensation usually provides survivor benefits for eligible dependents as well.

In another state, just such a fatal work accident occurred when a 38-year-old construction worker was struck by a metal pipe weighing between approximately 2,500 pounds. Preliminary information suggests the pipe rolled off a truck and landed on the man. Other workers at the site administered first aid until emergency medical professionals arrived to transport him to the hospital, but reports suggest the man died at the scene despite these first aid attempts.

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Constructions companies must attempt to prevent work injuries

Construction sites in Arizona and other jurisdictions pose significant safety hazards to workers. For this very reason, many construction companies focus on doing more to prevent work injuries. When a workplace accident can result in serious injury or even death, it stands to reason that an employer should make sure safety precautions are followed at all times.

In another state, federal safety officials issued citations and penalties when they found that employers had neglected to ensure the safety of their workers. Not just one, but two companies were each handed a serious violation after a 2016 incident left a construction worker injured. An employee of the first company, DSI Mechanical, fell through a second-story hole at the construction site of the second company's -- Western Sugar – plant during an expansion project.

Tips for Arizona employees who have been injured on the job

Every job is different. Some jobs, like construction work, may have more obvious risks, but even office jobs can lead to unexpected illness or injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Regardless of the type of work an Arizona employee spends his or days or nights doing, one thing remains universal: the prospect of being injured on the job and unable to pay bills is a scary one. The following tips, however, may help smooth the way should such an event occur.

The first thing to remember is to report any on-the-job injury as soon as possible. For the injured worker's own sake as well as for the good of other employees, it is important that any safety hazards on the job site are handled immediately. Additionally, ensuring a supervisor and/or the human resources department has the incident recorded as a work-related accident is very important in the workers' compensation process.

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