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Fatal fall at construction site prompts OSHA investigation

Those who work on construction sites in Iowa and across the United States put themselves at risk while performing their job duties. Thousands of workplace injuries and deaths occur in the construction industry every single year. Fortunately, employees who are injured on the job are usually entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. 

Fatal workplace accident 

Recently, an accident at a construction site in another state resulted in injuries to one worker and claimed the life of another. According to reports, the two men were working at a residential construction site doing some framing work. Reports said the platform the two men were standing on suddenly failed without warning and the two men fell about 25 feet to the ground.  

OSHA investigation 

Reportedly, one man was taken to a hospital with fractures to his leg, ribs and nose. Tragically, the other man suffered severe head injuries and died at the scene. The fatal accident prompted an investigation by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. According to OSHA, the construction company failed to give the workers adequate training needed to recognize fall hazards. OSHA cited the company and proposed total fines of nearly $42,000. 

Unfortunately, those who suffer a debilitating injury while at work can have their lives drastically altered. The victim’s immediate family members may also be greatly affected. Iowa residents who have suffered a work-related injury or have lost a dear loved one in a workplace accident may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. By contacting an experienced attorney and filing a claim, victims and families could obtain much-needed compensation to replace lost wages and pay medical expenses.