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Families could seek death benefits after 2 workers electrocuted

Losing a loved one to a work-related accident is a tragedy no family should ever have to endure. Unfortunately, accidents can happen and may result in the death of an employee. Though Colorado employers generally take every precaution to protect their workers, there are times when a company's action -- or inaction -- is squarely to blame. A worker's family may decide to file for death benefits as part of a workers' compensation claim in the event that the unthinkable should occur. This is the choice that some out-of-state families may face after two oil field workers were recently killed while on-the-job.

Officials say that the accident happened recently in an oil field when a pumping crew was attempting to remove a pump jack. As they were doing so, a cable from their truck apparently struck a power line. One worker was seriously injured and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital. Two other employees were electrocuted.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be investigating exactly what happened, attempting to determine if the pumping company was in any way to blame for the incident. If OSHA finds the company violated any safety procedures, it could face serious fines in accordance with any citations issued by OSHA. The investigation could take a number of months.

Even if OSHA decides the company was not responsible for what happened, the families of the victims have the right to file for death benefits as part of a workman's compensation claim. Doing so may help them alleviate some financial strain that they could be experiencing due to the unexpected death of their loved ones. Anyone here in Colorado has similar rights if an accident like this should occur.

Source: ktxs.com, "Names of 2 killed in West Texas oil field accident released", George Levesque and Maggie Gaskill, Aug. 20, 2014

Source: ktxs.com, "Names of 2 killed in West Texas oil field accident released", George Levesque and Maggie Gaskill, Aug. 20, 2014

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