There are many workplaces across the country that have known hazards. While a person in California dealing with explosives, for example, is likely aware of the potential for danger, workers dealing with more mundane tasks may not be as aware of the dangers they face. Unfortunately, one out-of-state worker has recently been killed as a result of workplace injuries suffered in an incident that remains under investigation.
The accident happened in early December. Reports indicate that the victim working as a contractor hired to dismantle a corn drying cylinder. Unfortunately, part of the cylinder is believed to have fallen on him.
The man reportedly passed away at Illinois Corn Processing LLC, where the accident happened. As with many cases involving a workplace fatality, the incident is currently being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA typically has up to six months to complete its investigation and issue a report.
Knowing the cause of an accident can often provide some degree of closure for grieving family members. Unfortunately, those who have lost a loved one unexpectedly due to workplace injuries are often left suffering both emotionally and financially. In order to help those suffering financially as a result of a workplace accident, California requires employers to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits to employees regardless of whether employees face obvious risks. These benefits can provide for medical expenses, lost wages and funeral costs and typically extend to dependent family members in the event of a fatality. In order to ensure maximum compensation, many people seek the guidance of a professional who has experience negotiating with insurance companies.
Source: pjstar.com, "Victim of Pekin industrial accident identified", Dec. 1, 2015