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Construction worker dies in workplace accident

A 52-year-old Illinois man died from injuries he suffered following an accident at a Muscatine business during the course of his work. Investigators from the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration were called in to investigate the construction workplace incident.

The Muscatine Fire Department was at the scene of the accident, which occurred on June 9 around 7:30 a.m. The construction company focuses on providing paving services for commercial and residential entities.

OSHA investigators initiated action in the case on June 9 by sending in state investigators to determine the cause of the accident. A medical examiner has scheduled an autopsy, but he was not able to provide any further details at the time of the report. Additionally, the employees for the company were instructed not to discuss the accident due to the pending OSHA investigation.

Construction workers are particularly susceptible to being injured or involved in a fatal accident in the workplace. Their work can put them in danger's way during an electrical accident, machinery accident or defective power tool accident, to name a few examples. If an OSHA investigation is conducted after the report of an injury involving construction workers' accidents, a lawyer may be able to use findings to support a workers' compensation claim. While this type of claim does not require proof that an employer was negligent in the events that led to the worker's injuries, it can still help bolster the claim. Additionally, this information can be used if the employer does not have workers' compensation insurance or if the worker was an independent contractor, which is common in the construction industry.

Source: Quad-City Times, "Colona man dies in Muscatine industrial accident", Sarah Tisinger, June 11, 2014

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