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Fatal industrial accident at sea kills Arizona man

If a loved one is killed while on the job, his or her family should be entitled to workers' compensation death benefits. Fatal work accidents can take a devastating financial toll on Arizona families.

An Arizona man was killed recently in an industrial accident that took place at sea on a 376-foot factory trawler. An explosion, caused by a leaking acetylene tank that was ignited by nearby welders, blew a door off its hinges The door struck the 48-year-old victim. He was pronounced dead 30 minutes later by the ship medic. The vessel was about 125 miles offshore from Unalaska, Alaska at the time of the accident.

When someone is killed on the job in Arizona, their family should be entitled to workers' compensation death benefits. The death benefits will compensate the family for the loss of the victim's income, as well as cover medical and funeral expenses.

Workers' compensation benefits are payable regardless of whether the employer is at fault. If a company other than the employer is responsible for unsafe equipment, poor safety conditions, or any other form of negligence, the family may be able to recover additional compensation from that party through a civil lawsuit.

Being on a large vessel or a big industrial operation can be hazardous, and accidents that involve heavy machinery or dangerous environments can lead to permanent injuries or death. It's important to be able to provide financially for yourself or family after an accident like that. Workers' compensation death benefits can help a grieving family recover financially from the loss of a breadwinner.

Source: Alaska Public Media, "Coast Guard, Unalaska Police Investigate Fatal Accident At Sea," Lauren Rosenthal, March 13, 2014

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