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OSHA investigation launched after worker killed

Most Iowa residents depend on salaries from their jobs to support themselves and their families. Many here work in high-risk professions, so getting injured or even killed on the job is a real possibility. When a person suffers an injury while working, the injured employee can use workers’ compensation benefits to help stay afloat while recovering. 

OSHA investigating workplace death 

Recently, a worker in another state was killed as he was working on a construction site outside of a home. According to reports, the man was working in a trench when the walls suddenly collapsed and buried him under several feet of dirt. Reportedly, rescuers were able to pull him out of the hole, and he was rushed to a local hospital with severe injuries. 

Tragically, the man died a short time later at the hospital. An investigation has been launched by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. According to an official from the U.S. Department of Labor, early investigations have indicated that the trench may have lacked the appropriate protections. The employer could be facing steep penalties depending on the results of the investigation. 

Help is available for victims and families 

Employers in the United States are required to adequately protect their employees. Workers in Iowa who have been injured on the job can file a workers’ compensation claim and seek financial assistance. Immediate family members of those who have been killed in a workplace accident may also be able to receive workers’ compensation death benefits. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney can help those affected get started with filing a claim.