There are many careers that provide satisfaction for a job well done while also benefiting the greater community. Many who work in construction may achieve that level of satisfaction when a large project comes to fruition. Unfortunately, as many Missouri workers are aware, the job is not without its hazards as there is the ever-present danger of a construction site accident that can change the lives of victims and their families forever.
One such accident has resulted in the death of a 56-year-old man. A renovation project was being carried out at a university in another state. Reports citing a co-worker who was nearby at the time indicate that the man suffered a massive crush injury to his head. Apparently, workers were attempting to install a large concrete slab onto the surface of the structure. At some point, the workers realized that the part was not matching up to preset holes; as it was being repositioned, it somehow slipped free of the restraints and fell.
The victim was working beneath the concrete part when it crashed down. A witness who was working nearby heard the loud sound and went to determine the cause. He said he was unable to recognize the victim due to the massive head wound he suffered. Emergency responders were called to the scene, but the victim did not survive.
Company officials have not made any public statements regarding this tragic incident. However, it is likely that both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and local officials are conducting an investigation. Missouri workers who are injured in a construction site accident typically qualify for monetary benefits through the workers’ compensation insurance program. In cases where the accident results in the death of an employee, the surviving family is usually entitled to death benefits. An attorney who is well-versed in the workers’ compensation program can provide assistance in filing and processing a claim in a timely manner.
Source: news5cleveland, “Man dead after construction accident at Cleveland State“, Kaylyn Hlavaty, Oct. 12, 2017