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Fatal accident kills construction worker

A man working on a construction site in an out-of-state meat packing district was tragically killed on April 6, according to sources local to the site. The fatal accident appears to have been the result of a dirt collapse, though the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is still in the process of investigating. Though Iowa workers are aware of the risks of construction work, it makes such accidents no less tragic. Thankfully, support through workers' compensation insurance coverage will likely be made available to the man's surviving relatives in their time of grief.

Details about the accident are still incomplete as the investigation continues. However, it has been confirmed that a 22-year-old worker somehow became buried in dirt while working at a construction site. The man was extricated from the dirt and rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, where he was later pronounced dead. So far, an official cause of death has not been published.

What caused the collapse currently remains a mystery. Federal law requires that a report be made to the local branch of OSHA who, along with other applicable governmental agencies, investigate the construction accident to determine whether safety protocols were breached. Efforts will be made to ensure such an accident does not happen again. 

The family of a worker killed under similar circumstances in Iowa will typically be entitled to a death benefits compensation package following a fatal accident. The intent of this package is to provide support to the family in taking care of final arrangements as well as to provide ongoing support to covered dependents of the accident victim. With respect to the victim of the recent tragedy, which occurred in New York City, it is hoped that compensation benefits will be of some help to alleviate the stress of the family's loss. 

Source: CBS New York, "Worker Killed At Construction Site Dirt Collapse In Meatpacking District", April 6, 2015

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