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Death benefits may be available for family of deceased worker

Maintenance workers in Colorado and other states face many different safety hazards as they go about their duties. The same goes for similarly employed people elsewhere, as was reported by a recreation center in a neighboring state. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that the agency is investigating an accident that led to the death of a maintenance worker. The incident may result in a workers’ compensation claim for death benefits.

The incident apparently occurred on an afternoon in September. Reportedly, the man was in a scissor lift that was elevated to allow work on the basketball backboard assembly in the gymnasium. It is suspected that the lift struck the backboard and tipped over to the side. Although it had the required guardrails to prevent falls, the worker suffered critical head trauma.

After paramedics transported the injured worker by road to a local hospital, he was airlifted to a hospital in Salt Lake City. Sadly, the man succumbed to his injuries just four days later. OSHA compliance officers arrived to initiate an investigation on the day following the fall. They will determine whether noncompliance with safety regulations caused this fatality.

Losing a loved one in a workplace accident is naturally traumatizing for the surviving family members. Coping with the costs of a funeral and burial while having to deal with the unexpected loss can exacerbate the trauma. Fortunately, financial assistance is available in the form of death benefits that can be claimed from the workers’ compensation insurance system. Any family in a similar situation in Colorado can seek the support and guidance of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to help with the navigation of the claims process.

Source: sweetwaternow.com, “OSHA Investigation Continues In Death Of GR Employee David Hyer“, Nov. 6, 2017

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