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Construction workers' accidents lead to death of 2 workers

Owners of construction companies are responsible for the safety of their employees and are required to follow strict regulations that are prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Fatal falls are prevalent in construction workers' accidents, and fall protection must be provided to all workers on scaffolds and other heights. However, providing personal protection equipment is not enough -- proper training in the correct use of the equipment is vital.

Two workers from Des Moines recently lost their lives at a construction site in Ames. They were both working on a project at which student apartments are being built. It was reported that one of the men lost his footing while he was on a scaffold that was three stories off the ground. A co-worker apparently tried to prevent him from falling, but failed. He also fell to the ground.

Rescue personnel and fire fighters reportedly arrived to find one man already dead, and the other worker was rushed to a hospital. He reportedly died soon after arrival at the hospital. According to official reports, both the men died from the trauma that was caused by the accidental falls. It was also reported that the workers were harnessed, but their harnesses were not attached to the safety ropes.

An OSHA investigation will likely follow to determine whether safety violations caused the tragic deaths of these two Des Moines men. The families of workers killed in construction workers' accidents are entitled to pursue compensation for end-of-life expenses by claiming death benefits through the workers' compensation insurance fund. Such benefits commonly also include financial packages for loss of the deceased worker's income, paid to the victim's family dependents.

Source: kcci.com, "Officials: Man tried to save coworker before falling 3 stories", Jason Rantala, June 22, 2015

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