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Construction worker accident in Edwardsville

A construction worker was operating a crane on a job site in Illinois when he was crushed by the boom of the crane. The company he worked for was in the process of building a large addition to a commercial warehouse in the area. The man was dismantling the crane when the boom hit him. Paramedics who rushed to the site of the accident later pronounced he was dead on the scene.

The initial report of police suggests that there was no foul play involved in the accident. No official cause has yet been determined, although persons from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration are currently investigating. OSHA is charged with the establishment and enforcement of safety procedures in the workplace in the United States.

According to OSHA analysis, injuries and fatalities related to the operation of construction cranes are high. Crane operators are required to be highly skilled and must rely on other employees to aid them in the operation of the crane as well. A crane accident can occur from weight overload, contact with power lines and other environmental factors.

A construction worker who is injured on the job can apply for workers' compensation benefits. If a construction employee has died from his workplace injuries, family members who were dependents of the employee can file a claim for death benefits, which will usually includes aid for a worker's funeral cost and compensation for lost wages. Because the circumstances of construction workers' accidents are not always straightforward, family members may wish to contact a personal injury attorney if benefits are delayed.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,"Construction worker crushed in crane accident in Edwardsville," Jan. 12, 2015

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