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Workplace accidents: Tragedy strikes pregnant mother and toddler

Losing a loved one is naturally a traumatic experience. A pregnant mother with a 4-year-old daughter recently tried to describe the heartache after her husband left for work and never came back. He was one of many workers who have lost their lives in workplace accidents nationwide, including in Iowa. She said they had celebrated their wedding anniversary with a special dinner on the evening prior to the day of the fatal accident.

It was reported that her 32-year-old husband was employed as a shop manager by a truck servicing and repair center. He had been working for the company for approximately three years. On a recent Friday, the man was reportedly working on a volunteer fire ambulance when he became trapped underneath it.

His colleagues apparently managed to extricate him, but they were not in time to save his life. His death was pronounced at the accident scene. This tragic accident may serve as a reminder of the importance of workplace safety. The cause of the vehicle dropping onto the worker is unknown, but fatal workplace accidents are commonly followed by federal investigations.

Most workers in Iowa are covered by the workers' compensation insurance program. Surviving families of those who have lost their lives in workplace accidents may pursue financial relief by filing claims for death benefits. The insurance system typically assists dependents by providing compensation for end-of-life expenses along with a financial package that is based on the latest wage level of the deceased worker. While no compensation can make up for the loss, it may ease the financial burden of day-to-day living costs.

Source:, "Andy Stroud, 32, killed in workplace accident, leaves behind pregnant wife, 4-year-old daughter", Alia Conley, Sept. 14, 2015

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