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Fatal construction accident results from trench collapse

Construction work can be lucrative and provide hard working people with regular employment. With the amount of building and maintenance throughout California, it is no surprise that there are so many people who work in the construction industry. Still, despite the benefits of the work, there are still natural dangers that workers and their employers must be cognizant of. When there is a work accident on a construction site, there can be serious injuries and fatalities. For injuries, workers' compensation is important. If there is death, understanding how to recover survivor benefits is key and legal help is often needed.

A trench collapse led to a construction worker's death. The accident occurred as the crew worked on a residential project. He was in the front yard of the residence when he became stuck in a hole. It is not known if he was in the trench or if he fell in and was then buried. He was around 10 feet in the hole when dirt wedged him inside. Emergency crews were called. After approximately 40 minutes, emergency personnel determined that the man's life could not be saved due to the weight on the victim. Being caught under dirt can cause serious internal damage and inhibit breathing. Eventually, the man's body was freed. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) is investigating the accident.

A crush injury is one of the most common ways in which a construction worker can be seriously hurt or die. Often, these incidents result from negligence on the part of the company as it did not provide proper training or safety equipment to its workers. As with any fatal construction accident, there will be multiple considerations after it has happened. Pain and suffering, lost companionship, lost income and more will be concerns of the family left behind. Funeral expenses must be covered. Insurers will be sympathetic. They might make an offer to settle the case and avoid a legal filing, the offer is rarely sufficient to pay for all that was lost. It is then that a lawsuit might be needed.

When a worker loses his or her life in a construction accident, their family may not be aware that they have certain recovery rights. This is true for any family who has lost a loved one who was working in high risk occupations. A law firm that has experience in work-related fatalities can be contacted for guidance on what steps to take to pursue a lawsuit to be compensated.

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