Construction workers face a myriad of hazards in the normal course of their day. Though most employers and workers take proactive measures to protect against a serious construction accident, these tragic events still occur and can result in employees suffering devastating injuries or worse. There are many Missouri residents who have experienced these circumstances and have sought financial assistance through the state’s workers’ compensation program.
Recently, a man suffered fatal injuries while on the job when a 2-ton concrete pipe somehow broke free from the hoist that was moving it into position. According to sources, the 46-year-old victim was standing on the massive pipe as it was being moved. He then purportedly leaped from the pipe and was located beneath it at the moment it fell from the chain.
The pipe fell on the man, crushing him. He died at the scene. Family members are now questioning the events that lead up to this tragic accident as the man was employed as a dump truck driver and was supposedly not considered a construction employee.
Family members of the deceased worker claimed they have contacted the company in an effort to ascertain the facts leading up to how their loved one was on site and wound up being killed in this tragic construction accident. The company has reportedly not responded to the family’s inquiries, though it is likely that there is an on-going investigation into the causes behind this unfortunate incident. Often, in these situations, surviving family may qualify for death benefits from the workers’ compensation program in their state. Missouri workers who suffer a debilitating injury while on the job often seek benefits from this program in order to help meet their financial obligations while they recover. An experienced attorney who is well versed in filing successful claims can provide invaluable assistance in these matters.
Source: ksl.com, “Family mourns loss of man after Sandy industrial accident”, Ashton Goodell, March 10, 2018