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1 worker dead, another suffering from workplace injuries

Two workers who were installing a temporary elevator on a job site have been beset by tragedy, according to sources local to the incident. One of the two was killed, and the other was injured in the accident. Iowa construction workers understand how commonplace workplace injuries and even deaths can be in their dangerous field of work, which is why state workers' compensation packages are so important to both injured workers and the families of those tragically lost. 

In this case, it appears that during the installation of the elevator, the device broke away from the wall and crashed down to the ground. One of the workers was actively working on the elevator at the time, while the other was an iron worker present at the job site. Neither of the workers have been publicly identified at this time, pending notification of family members in the case of the deceased man. 

Standard procedure requires the incident to be reported to the local branch of OSHA, which will launch an investigation into the accident. A spokeswoman for the construction company has reassured media outlets that proper safety procedures were being followed at the time of the accident. However, she says the company is working closely with OSHA to ensure further accidents do not happen. 

Workplace injuries are common on job sites in Iowa and elsewhere around the nation, owing to the dangerous nature of construction work. In this case, the injured worker will likely be offered a compensation package to make up for lost wages during his recovery time and to help cover his medical bills. The family members of the deceased worker will likely be offered a bereavement package intended to assist them financially in the wake of their loss. 

Source: CBS Boston, "Worker Killed, Another Injured In Somerville Construction Accident", Jim Armstrong, June 11, 2015

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