Few professions offer as much danger as working in the construction industry. Many California construction workers love being able to work outside, but with that freedom comes the ever-present dangers presented by being surrounded by high-powered tools, shifting work environments and heavy machinery. In the event that a work injury occurs, no matter how big or how small, the worker is legally entitled to file a workers' compensation claim.
An out-of-state construction accident occurred on a recent Monday in June. According to the authorities, the worker, a 28-year-old man, was working in a trench when the trench suddenly collapsed. The man was buried underground.
Authorities in Mower County, Minnesota, received a call around 2:45 p.m. about the trench collapse. Emergency crews responded, but they were challenged due to the area in which the accident occurred being unstable. Additional equipment was brought in by the Mankato Fire Department's Confined Space Rescue team. Almost five hours later, at around 8:15 p.m., the man's body was taken out of the trench.
Anyone who loses a loved one on the job to a fatal work injury has every right to seek legal advice and assistance after the fatal accident occurs. In the case of this accident, the worker's family will be entitled to submit a workers' compensation claim for death benefits in order to recoup some of the financial losses incurred due to lost pay and final expenses. In the state of California, an experienced workers' compensation lawyer can help individuals with similar types of legal claims.
Source: kaaltv.com, "Young Man Killed in Blue Earth County Construction Accident", June 13, 2016