Thousands of employees in Iowa work in dangerous, high-risk environments. These workers are well aware of the risks, but no person really expects to be killed while at work. Tragically, this becomes a reality for many families. When a worker dies on the job, his or her surviving family members may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation death benefits to help with the devastating loss of a loved one.
Fatal workplace accident
Recently, a worker in another state was killed in a tragic accident at a worksite. According to reports, the worker was operating an excavator at a job site and attempted to leave the excavator to talk with his employer who appeared at the site. Reportedly, as the worker was exiting the excavator, he inadvertently hit the safety lever and engaged the excavator into gear.
Reports said the worker was thrown to the ground in front of the excavator and the employer jumped down in an effort to save the man. Tragically, the excavator ran over the men and immediately killed them both, authorities said. The accident is currently being investigated by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is a requirement when a death happens at a worksite.
Those who work at construction sites or operate heavy machinery are often exposed to hazards and dangerous work environments. Unfortunately, injuries and deaths will happen due to the nature of this work. Families in Iowa who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a workplace accident could benefit by discussing the matter with a seasoned legal representative. A knowledgeable lawyer can offer guidance and help family members submit and manage a workers’ compensation death benefits claim.