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Construction worker fatally injured on the job

On Behalf of | Mar 24, 2016 | Workplace Accidents |

A construction accident occurred recently that took the life of a construction worker. The accident occurred out-of-state on a recent Monday in March, authorities say. Similarly, when a California worker is fatally injured on the job, the worker’s loved ones are legally entitled to file for workers’ compensation death benefits.

Authorities are currently investigating the death of an out-of-state man who died in a trench collapse on Monday. Police received the 911 call that reported a trench collapse around 1:20 p.m at the construction site the man was working at, local police said. The worker was installing pipe when the cave-in occurred and, at the time of the call, was trapped in the eight-foot trench, according to the caller.

Both police and fire crews responded and discovered construction workers digging as quickly as they could in order to uncover the worker, who had become trapped under the large amount of dirt. Several minutes passed before enough dirt was exhumed to allow the EMS responders to assess the man’s vitals. The county coroner pronounced the 61-year-old worker dead at the scene.

The workers’ compensation program in the state of California aims to provide death benefits to individuals who were related to the worker who was fatally injured on the job — for example, a spouse, child, parent, or sibling — and were also financially dependent on that individual. The main purpose of the benefit is to compensate dependent family members for the loss of financial support. This compensation is also often used to help lessen some of the end-of-life expense burdens that are typically incurred by a decedent’s family, including medical bills and burial costs. It is typical to consult an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to assist with this process.

Source:, “Minatare man killed in Alliance construction accident“, March 22, 2016