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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.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation to ensure that all safety standards were being followed at the time. The company says they are cooperating with authorities and investigators to determine what caused the accident and whether future such incidents can be prevented. OSHA will have a full six months to complete their investigation into the incident.

When it comes to work accidents on construction sites, workers' compensation issues can get complex. Contractual employees may not be covered under certain policies, though general contractor's workers' compensation policies are intended to cover subcontractors based upon the hours worked. In cases such as this one, the grieving family may wish to seek the legal counsel of a workers' compensation attorney. An Arizona lawyer familiar with the often-complex rules surrounding workers' compensation will be able to offer invaluable legal advice to the surviving family members on pursing justice for the loss of their loved one and fight for the maximum benefits. While nothing can bring back the deceased family member, monetary benefits may help to alleviate any financial hardships the family will encounter after the death of their loved one.

Source: wsaw.com, "OSHA investigating worker death at Wausau construction site", John DesRivieres Posted, March 28, 2017

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