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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.

When the first responders to the accident called 911, the man was reportedly still alive and breathing. Co-workers and medical responders initially hoped he could be freed and his life could be saved. Other employees at the site tried to comfort the fatally injured worker while waiting for emergency help to arrive, holding his hand and rubbing his head. Sadly, the man did not survive.

While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident, records show no previous investigations or prior worker safety civil lawsuits against the company. In cases like this, workers' compensation can prove especially beneficial; while money cannot bring the grieving family's lost loved one back, it does mean one less thing for them to worry about in the aftermath of their tragic loss. An Arizona attorney with experience handling workers' compensation claims can often help ensure families who find themselves in similar heartbreaking circumstances receive the maximum amount of benefits to which they are entitled.

Source: journal-news.com, "Hamilton man dies in construction company accident", April 11, 2017

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