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Workers' compensation death benefits in Colorado

Workers' compensation benefits can provide financial assistance when an employee is injured and may also be needed by an employee's surviving family when a person loses their life from a work related accident. A family may rely on the income of a loved one and suffer if that person is killed while on the job. Some people may look to professional help when attempting to collect workers' compensation benefits on behalf of a deceased loved one. A middle aged woman recently lost her life at a Colorado work site when she was crushed between two rail cars.

The victim and other employees of the local construction company were responsible for the operation and movement of flatbed railroad cars in connection with the operation of their place of employment. The cars carried materials created and used by the framing company that were either being loaded or unloaded from the business. The afternoon accident took place while the woman and coworkers completed their work duties.

Paramedics were called to the scene of the tragic accident shortly after lunchtime where reports indicate that the woman became lodged between two of the moving rail cars. Authorities found the worker deceased upon arrival and determined she had been crushed by the rail cars. Coworkers that witnessed the accident were interviewed, though further details regarding the death and were not reported. 

Although officials do not suspect the victim was killed intentionally, the workplace accident continues to be investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, local police and the fire department. The investigation may uncover the contributing cause to the tragedy and help assign liability. The family of the Colorado woman may require workers' compensation death benefits to help cover funeral expenses and the unexpected loss of income that resulted from her death.

Source:, "Woman killed in industrial accident", , Oct. 8, 2014

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