Many Denver construction workers and others who work around large equipment and machinery know how dangerous their work environment can become if safety protocols are not followed at all times. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating an accident at a marina last week that resulted in the death of a 21-year-old employee who had been working on a forklift that had malfunctioned.
The accident occurred at a marina in the state of Georgia and although no foul play is suspected detectives from the local county sheriff's office are also investigating the accident. When sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene they discovered the deceased young man who appeared to have been crushed by the forklift, according to reports. Once both investigations are complete family members will have a better idea as to what caused this fatal accident.
Workplace accidents such as this can be devastating for the family members of the victim. In this case the victim was a young man who had his whole life ahead of him and will no doubt be sorely missed by his family and friends. In many cases of fatal workplace accidents the surviving family members are left with not only the void of their loved one's companionship but also the financial support in which the person contributed to the household.
Workers' compensation insurance allows for some resources to be provided to the family but in many cases surviving family members can benefit from consulting with an attorney to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve for their loss. In addition to the financial loss there is the emotional aspects, including pain and suffering as well as possible employer negligence which workers' compensation insurance does not cover.
Source: The Cherokee Ledger-News, "Worker killed in marina accident," Jessica Wagner, Jan. 30, 2013
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