When a person loses their life as a result of a work accident, their family may be entitled to death benefits through workers’ compensation. Death benefits can often be used to cover funeral costs and loss of income incurred from the tragic loss of a loved one. An older truck driver in Colorado recently lost his life in an accident that caused his fully loaded truck to tilt and fall on its side.
The workplace accident took place when a large truck attempted to make an afternoon concrete delivery at an industrial site. The truck was in the process of unloading and transferring the heavy rocks when the vehicle became unbalanced. Authorities found the large materials truck lying on its side when they arrived with paramedics.
The driver of the rig was located inside of the cab, badly injured from the unexpected flip of the vehicle. The impact that was created when the truck slammed to its side inflicted serious injury to the operator. He suffered crushed and broken bones to his face and trauma to his skull. The hurt man was transferred to a nearby medical facility for treatment where he eventually passed away from his painful injuries.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues to investigate the tragic industrial accident and is specifically reviewing three companies that may have been involved in the incident. Workers’ compensation provided for the victim’s family may include death benefits that can help provide assistance for medical costs and other unexpected expenses, such as funeral and burial costs. A Colorado family that has lost someone while at work may benefit from assistance in reviewing their benefit options and pursuing appropriate relief.
Source: actionnewsjax.com, “OSHA investigating fatal industrial accident in St. Augustine”, Kristy Wolski, Oct. 2, 2014