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Possible death benefits for family of deceased worker

When working in large manufacturing plants, whether in Colorado or elsewhere, workers are oftentimes faced with many safety hazards. With proper maintenance and employee training, many of these hazards can be prevented. Unfortunately, this was not the case in another state when an operator died from injuries sustained after a recent manufacturing accident. Now, his family may be eligible for death benefits.

On a recent Thursday afternoon, while working at Ames Hydraulic Motors, an employee died after a safety hood fell and struck him. The safety hood's purpose is to protect operators during testing procedures. As the investigation continue as to why the hood fell, officials stated that all existing safety hoods would be replaced with a new design in order to prevent any future accidents. The plant is continuing to cooperate with OSHA.

During any tragic event like this, spouses, children or other immediate family members may be eligible for death benefits through the state's workers' compensation program. Although requirements vary from state to state, benefits are often times provided to help pay living expenses should the deceased worker be the sole provider. Payments are usually paid in installments, and the amount is dependent on the deceased worker's wages.

Colorado families who are experiencing a similar tragedy should take comfort in knowing that compensation may be available to them. With the help of an experienced legal counsel, families can be guided throughout a death benefits claims process in order to receive eligible benefits to help cover the cost of lost wages along with any related medical bills and funeral expenses. Receiving compensation may not take away the pain of losing a loved one, but it may help relieve any financial burdens.

Source: kcci.com, "Plant reveals details leading up to worker's death", Jan. 21, 2018

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