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Worker dies of workplace injuries

A worker was killed behind a school on Aug. 17, according to sources local to the accident. It appears a lift toppled over, resulting in severe workplace injuries that proved to be fatal for one man. It is a grim reminder to Iowa workers how dangerous jobs of this nature can be, but thankfully the family of the deceased man will have the benefit of workers' compensation packages to aid them in this difficult time. 

According to police and other officials on the scene, there are very few details available as of this report. It has been confirmed that a single, unidentified worker was killed in the incident, which involved a large construction lift behind a school that was undergoing renovations. Apparently for reasons unknown, the lift somehow became dislodged, causing the worker to fall. 

The worker was apparently employed by a contracted group that was on the site working the day of the tragedy. Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in conjunction with law enforcement and other authorities, are working to determine exactly what caused the accident. OSHA will investigate whether safety protocols were being observed at the time of the accident to ensure such a tragedy does not happen again. 

Workplace injuries are not always fatal, but even for those individuals who survive such accidents, the impact can have long-term repercussions on their lives and those of their families. Here in Iowa, the families of workers who are killed on the job are generally entitled to compensation packages to help pay for final arrangements and provide financial support for covered dependents of the victim. These packages are meant to support families during the grieving period. 

Source: wcvb.com, "Worker killed after construction lift tips over in Taunton", Marc Larocque, Aug. 17, 2015

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