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Fatal workplace accident sparks investigation

There are many dangers associated with the workplace. While most employers do everything in their power to protect their employees, a workplace accident can still occur. Fortunately, there is help available for those who have been injured or lost a loved one in such an accident in Illinois. The family of one out-of-state man will likely need this help after he was killed at work.

The man, who has not been identified at this time, was working at Atlas Metal and Iron Corp. at approximately 8 a.m. one morning in early September. Reports indicate that he was working with a piece of equipment that was apparently bailing shredded metal when the machine apparently malfunctioned. When the man went to repair the machine, it reactivated.

The man died at the scene of the accident. Local authorities are conducting an investigation, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will likely complete one as well. If OSHA determines that health or safety standards were violated leading up to the man's death, the company could face a citation and fine as a result.

The loss of a loved one is always difficult, but it seems especially so when that loss is unexpected. The man's family will have to learn to cope with life without him, including financially. As a result of the workplace accident, they will have to deal with funeral expenses and the loss of his wages. In Illinois, these expenses, among others, are likely covered by workers' compensation benefits. While employers are required to carry the insurance coverage for each of its employees, many people have sought professional assistance to ensure they receive the full compensation to which they are entitled.

Source: CBS Denver, "Man Killed In Industrial Accident At Metal Shredding Plant", , Sept. 5, 2014

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