Those who work construction jobs in Iowa know that they face dangers and risks every time they are on the job. Injuries are commonplace in this physically-demanding profession. Unfortunately, death is also a real possibility for construction workers. According to records from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only about 4% of the United States labor force works in construction, but nearly 21% of all work-related deaths occur in the construction industry.
Deadly workplace accident
Recently, an employee died in a tragic accident at a construction site in another state, which triggered an investigation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Reports said the worker was digging trenches to be used for sewer lines in a nearby residential development that was being constructed. According to reports, an excavator struck an overhead power line which caused high-voltage electricity to flow through the equipment and into the ditch where the worker was standing.
Tragically, the worker was electrocuted and killed, authorities said. Reportedly, the worker’s death was ruled accidental. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation after the incident, which is standard after any fatal workplace accident. OSHA has up to six months to complete the investigation.
It is up to the owners and operators of construction companies to ensure that construction sites are safe and meet all workplace safety requirements. Any construction worker in Iowa who has been injured on the job has the option to file a workers’ compensation claim and seek financial assistance. Immediate family members who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a workplace accident may also be eligible for workers’ compensation death benefits. Victims and families can get the process started by speaking with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney.