While workplace accidents can stir certain images in some individual’s minds, injuries are not isolated to the walls of an office building or warehouse. Sadly, an Illinois man recently died after a workplace accident in a somewhat unusual environment. Instead of in a building, he suffered his injury in a logging accident.
The location where the accident occurred was only accessible by vehicles with four-wheel drive capability. Even then, a vehicle could only go so far, and an individual would have to make their way across roughly a foot of mud. After reporting to work at about 9 a.m., one employee of the logging company went in search of a 41-year-old co-worker who was supposed to be nearby.
While looking for his fellow worker, the employee discovered a tree was uprooted, and suspected that something wasn’t right. Upon further inspection, he discovered his co-worker trapped under the tree and reportedly unresponsive. Apparently, the man had been cutting off part of a tree that had already fallen when the accident occurred. A different tree than the one he was working on uprooted, fell and killed him.
The Illinois logging company employee suffered several fractures to both his chest and skull that ultimately caused his death. Even in a setting some may be unfamiliar with, a workplace accident that results in death can be truly devastating. Death benefits for the victim’s family members cannot only cover the immediate unexpected cost of funeral expenses, but can also help provide financial compensation in the wake of the victim’s lost wages.
Source: kfvs12.com, “Man killed in logging accident in Franklin Co.“, Christy Hendricks, July 10, 2014
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