Thousands of employees in Iowa work in high-risk jobs and occupations. Employees are made well-aware of dangers and risk before they take any hazardous position. Of course, no one goes into a job expecting to be badly injured or killed. When an Iowa worker dies while performing on the job, surviving family members may be eligible to get workers’ compensation death benefits to help them cope with such a tragic loss.
Recently, a worker in another state lost his life in an accident while on a construction site, which led to an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The worker was reportedly delivering fuel to the construction site. According to reports, he suddenly became pinned underneath his work truck and suffered severe injuries.
OSHA and police investigations
Reportedly, the man died at the scene. An OSHA investigation is standard practice when a workplace death occurs. OSHA officials said they will be looking for violations that may have contributed to the incident. Reports said local police are conducting investigations as well.
Where surviving loved ones can find help and support
Unfortunately, injuries and deaths are always possible in high-risk occupations such as those in the construction industry. Those in Iowa who have suffered the traumatic loss of an immediate family member in a workplace accident could benefit by seeking the services of a legal representative experienced in workers’ compensation matters. A knowledgeable attorney can provide guidance and help family members get started with filing for workers’ compensation survivors’ benefits.