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OSHA investigates fatal workplace accident

An accident can happen to anyone at anytime, especially in a workplace. In some cases, what may appear to be a mundane task could result in a serious, potentially fatal workplace accident. While many employees in Illinois may think they are less likely to become involved in such an accident due to their experience, they are not exempt. Unfortunately, one veteran worker at an out-of-state business died in an accident at work.

Emergency calls regarding the accident at Art's Equipment Rental were made during the afternoon one day in March. A 70-year-old man had reportedly been cleaning a front-end loader with a pressure washer. Witnesses say that he became trapped between the machinery and the bucket on the machine.

Unfortunately, the man died as a result of the injuries he suffered in the accident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is conducting an investigation. Police have said, however, that the man's death is believed to have been an accident. The victim had worked at the business for 13 years prior to his death.

An unexpected death such as this is likely a shock to the man's loved ones. However, employers in Illinois and other states are required by law to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage for the benefit of their employees. This state-regulated insurance provides financial protection for employees, or their dependent loved ones in the event of a fatal workplace accident. Unfortunately, the process can be complex and confusing for grieving family members. Seeking an experienced professional can help to ensure the claim proceeds more quickly and smoothly, as opposed to attempting to stumble through the claims process unassisted.

Source: wlwt.com, "Police ID employee killed in Sharonville workplace accident", Jackie Congedo and Brad Evans, March 4, 2015

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