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.
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry is investigating the incident. This same company, Ames, was fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration several years ago in a work-related accident when an employee was seriously injured in a 40-foot fall. Additionally, the previous October, OSHA investigated a tragically similar workplace accident involving a truck driver who was also killed by a pipe that fell from a trailer when the worker loosened the straps to unload it.
Construction can obviously be a dangerous line of work, which is why workers' compensation is so important. In work-related fatality incidents such as these, workers' compensation is supposed to provide surviving family members with monetary death benefits. While these benefits will not bring back the lost loved ones, they can relieve some of the stress for the grieving family when it comes to lost wages and funeral costs. An experienced Arizona-based worker's compensation attorney will be able to fight on behalf of surviving family members for them to receive the total amount of benefits to which they are entitled.
Source: finance-commerce.com, "State investigates construction worker fatality", Brian Johnson, Feb. 21, 2017