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Fatal construction accident under investigation by OSHA

On behalf of Jeffrey Frederick of Frederick & Hagle posted in Construction Workers’ Accidents on Wednesday, August 6, 2014.

While some in Illinois may view construction sites as an inherently risky place to be, proper safety protocols can ensure the well-being of construction workers. No matter the setting, employers are responsible for providing a safe work environment for employees. When a construction company fails to do this, it is possible for a worker to be seriously injured in a construction accident.

A recent construction accident occurred at a Southern university campus, where new campus halls were being constructed. Shortly after noon, a worker became trapped between an elevator that was moving and the building. Tragically, by the time that help arrived, he was already dead. Both the university and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the accident.

Prior to this accident at Florida State University, the construction company had previously been under review on nine separate occasions. It has also been issued multiple violations from OSHA for violating certain safety standards, including ladder and eyewear issues. The company paid nearly $3,000 to settle the associated fines. In Feb. 2014, fall-related complaints were filed also filed against the company.

By law, OSHA’s investigation into the construction accident must conclude within a six-month timeframe. However, in the meantime, his family may file for death benefits, a form of workers’ compensation. These benefits can be crucial for Illinois families who have lost a loved one in an accident. While financial compensation can never truly replace a family member, death benefits can enable a family to cover unexpected costs, such as funeral or burial expenses or any related medical bills. Additionally, dependents of the victim may be able to receive an income package to help the family address an understandably uncertain future.

Source: fsunews.com, “Man dies in FSU construction accident“, Alexander Browning, July 30, 2014

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