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Construction accident kills 1, injures another

One of the most satisfying rewards for many Missouri workers may be seeing a project coming to fruition. That may be especially true for those whose labor results in a new structure. Unfortunately, these same workers face many hazards that can result in a serious construction accident.

Recently, such an accident befell two workers in another state. According to the reports, the men were engaged in helping to lay down new concrete for a facility intended to be used for volleyball games. For reasons that are still unclear, the concrete pump that the men were using somehow caused the men to suffer critical injuries. When emergency responders arrived on scene, one man, a 26-year-old, was pronounced deceased from his injuries at the work site.

The second man, whose age was not provided by officials, reportedly suffered critical injuries -- though the nature of those injuries was not described. He was transported to a local medical facility for treatment. He is purportedly expected to survive.

It is unknown what lead to this deadly construction accident or if the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be called in to conduct an official investigation -- though that is a likely possibility. The surviving victim is assured of the right to apply for benefits from the workers' compensation program in his state in order to obtain monetary assistance while he is unable to return to work. The family of the deceased man may file for death benefits from the same program. Missouri workers who suffer a serious injury or work-related illness are also entitled to file claims for these benefits, and an experienced attorney can provide valuable assistance during the process.

Source: wafb.com, "Construction accident involving concrete pump leaves 1 dead, another critically injured", Sept. 8, 2017

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