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Fatal injury at a plant prompts OSHA investigation

Every morning, thousands of Iowa residents wake up and head out the door on the way to their workplace. It goes without saying that no employee expects that this day could be his or her last. However, suffering a fatal injury at work is a real possibility for thousands of workers across the country. Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things a family can face. Fortunately, surviving family members of those killed on the job may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation death benefits.

Fatal accident

Recently, a maintenance worker in another state was killed in an unfortunate accident in a manufacturing plant. According to reports, the worker was servicing a pipeline and helping another employee set up an air compressor on the pipeline. Reports said the pipeline suddenly exploded, killing the maintenance worker and injuring the other employee.

OSHA investigation

The fatal accident prompted an Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation. Reportedly, the investigation documented nine violations, with three of the violations labeled as “serious accident-related”. Three other violations were labeled serious, reports said. The manufacturing plant was fined a total of $108,300, according to reports.

Unfortunately, being killed on the job is an everyday possibility for those who work in manufacturing plants and other high-risk environments. The surviving family members of deceased workers may be able to take advantage of workers’ compensation death benefits to help ease their pain and suffering. By contacting a seasoned and knowledgeable attorney, Iowa families can get help with the confusing process of filing a claim.