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Worker fatally injured at work when trapped underneath bulldozer

A worker in another state, who was still excited about the birth of his baby daughter a week earlier, sadly lost his life in an on-the-job accident recently. He had only been with the construction company for a couple of months when he was fatally injured at work. Construction workers in Colorado and across the nation have to face multiple life-threatening situations whenever they are on duty.

The accident victim was reportedly underneath a bulldozer that was on a jack, when -- for reasons still to be determined -- the heavy machine dropped onto the worker. Members of the sheriff's office and fire fighters rushed to the scene to find the bulldozer's wheel tread resting on the worker's body. By jacking up the bulldozer, emergency workers were able to get the worker out.

Chest compressions were done by the fire fighters, and the man was rushed to a hospital. However, he was declared dead upon arrival. An Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspector was reportedly sent to investigate the accident, and the findings will reveal whether this man's tragic death was the result of safety violations.

This worker who was fatally injured at work had reportedly only been married for about a year, and his wife and newborn baby will now have to face the future without his love and support. Financial relief is likely available to his widow -- as for dependents of Colorado workers killed in on-the-job accidents -- if he was through the workers' compensation insurance program. She may pursue death benefits to obtain compensation for the expenses related to end-of-life arrangements. In addition, the benefits typically also cover a portion of the deceased worker's wages to compensate covered dependents for income lost as a result of the fatality.

Source: abc-7.com, "Man dies after bulldozer accident at Naples business", Oct. 27, 2015

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