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Construction workers' accidents: Stone slab kills contract work

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety regulations for all industries in New York and other states. According to safety authorities, compliance with these regulations can prevent construction workers' accidents from happening. However, many lives are lost on construction sites every year, including one in another state that occurred on a recent Wednesday afternoon.

Reportedly, the incident claimed the life of a 35-year-old construction worker who was part of a crew working on a renovation project at a university campus. A spokesperson for the fire department explained that workers were lifting a sandstone header into place above a second-floor interior doorway, when the workers lost control of the six-foot stone. It fell and struck the one worker against the chest and head.

The worker died at the construction site, and the coroner said an autopsy is scheduled. No other injuries were reported. Like with all other workplace fatalities, this incident will likely be investigated by OSHA to determine whether this man's death was caused by safety violations.

Losing loved ones in construction workers' accidents is naturally traumatic for the surviving family members who will have to deal with unanticipated financial consequences in their time of grief. In similar circumstances in New York, an experienced workers' compensation attorney can navigate navigate the claims process. Death benefits typically provide coverage of end-of-life expenses along with wage replacement packages to help with day-to-day financial obligations. The lost income compensation is typically based on the deceased worker's average weekly wage earned before death.

Source: indystar.com, "A construction worker died in an accident on Indiana University-Bloomington campus", April 25, 2018

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