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Logger dies at work

A logger lost his life in an accident that occurred in southern Illinois, just east of Benton. At the time of the report, there was no indication of whether a workers' compensation case was lodged against the employer.

The logging company is based out of Clay City. A 41-year-old employee was completing his logging assignment when he was hit by a falling tree. Authorities believe the employee was utilizing a chainsaw to cut off the top of a downed tree. At the time, another tree that was situated behind the man reportedly fell and crushed him. He suffered head and chest injuries from the accident before succumbing to them. A co-worker found him at the scene of the accident. A Franklin County coroner confirmed that the man died while working. Authorities were still investigating the cause of the accident at the time of the report.

Like other forestry personnel, professional loggers are at risk of suffering serious injuries due to their line of work. Head, back and crush injuries are only a few of the common types of injuries that these workers may be subjected to. If a person suffers an injury in a workplace accident or develops an occupational disease, such as by being subject to toxic exposure, he or she might be eligible to receive workers' compensation.

Workers' compensation may provide for the medical expenses of an employee who is injured while completing a work task. Additionally, there may be partial or full compensation for lost wages. In some situations, an employee may be eligible to receive vocational rehabilitation. Employees who would like to pursue a workers' compensation case may decide to speak with a workers' compensation lawyer to help them navigate the idiosyncrasies of the legal system.

Source: The Washington Times, "Illinois logger dead after tree fall", July 10, 2014

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