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Construction worker killed after apparent equipment failure

The construction industry is rife with the possibility of serious harm befalling workers. No matter the amount of experience one has, or the safety precautions that are in place, no one is immune to the danger of being seriously injured in an accident. Every Missouri construction worker likely takes this risk into consideration when heading to their job sites every day.

Recently, a construction worker suffered a serious accident while working on a site located on the grounds of a public school. According to officials, the man was employed with a local company and delivering pipe to the work site. He was apparently operating a crane mounted to a boom truck at the time that the incident occurred. The preliminary report states that the 55-year-old was outside of the cab of the truck when an equipment malfunction occurred.

The worker was struck by an unknown machinery part and died at the scene. Both local and state authorities as well as officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are conducting investigations into the cause of this tragic accident. The worker reportedly had considerable experience in the construction field, though his death is not considered suspicious.

The deceased worker leaves behind a wife and two children to whom he was described as being devoted. Whenever a construction worker is injured as a result of an accident, he or she may seek benefits from the workers' compensation insurance program. If an accident results in the death of an employee, the victim's family may qualify for death benefits from the program. Missouri workers who have been injured in an accident -- or have contracted an illness on-the-job -- may seek assistance in filing a claim for the maximum benefits to which they may be entitled. The same is true for surviving families of those who are killed while working.

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