There are thousands of workers in high-risk jobs across the state of Iowa. Although these workers are aware of the risks, no person expects to suffer a fatal injury on the job. However, in the event that an employee dies on the job, his or her surviving family members may receive workers’ compensation death benefits to help with the tragic loss.
Recently, one construction worker was killed and three others were injured in a workplace accident in another state. According to reports, the workers were pouring concrete at the bottom of a retaining wall in a parking lot when the wall suddenly collapsed. Reportedly, the wall was around 10 to 12 feet high and may have been damaged by recent heavy rains.
Authorities said they arrived on the scene and determined one of the workers had perished in the accident. EMS said the first worker who was rescued was transported to a local hospital for treatment via ambulance. The other two workers were critically injured and were airlifted to a hospital upon rescue, authorities said. The incident is currently being investigated by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is a requirement in the event of a workplace death.
Many construction workers are in high-risk positions, which means injuries and even fatalities will happen given the nature of these jobs. Families who suffer the death of a loved one may find themselves struggling to pay medical bills and end-of-life expenses. Iowa families who have lost a loved one due to a workplace accident may want to consider seeking the services of a legal representative. An experienced attorney can offer guidance and help family members file for workers’ compensation survivors’ benefits.