Workers in Ohio and elsewhere expect to return home when they go to work each workday. However, some industries carry with them the unfortunate reality that a worker could suffer a fatal work injury. This is especially true if an individual works in an industry that poses many risks and dangers. No matter the industry or type of work accident, it is important that the cause of the incident and potential for liability is understood. This could help pave the way for loved ones of the deceased worker to file a legal action for the losses and damages suffered.
According to recent reports, a 28-year-old subcontractor was killed in an industrial accident. Reports by the Franklin Fire Department confirm that a fatal workplace accident occurred in the 3500 block of Shotwell Drive around 4 p.m.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the employee was working for Walther Engineering and Manufacturing. Investigators confirmed that the worker was crushed when a heavy piece of equipment fell on him. This resulted in the worker dying from the incident. The accident is still under investigation and the cause of the fatal workplace accident has not been established at this time.
Following a fatal workplace accident, it is important for loved ones to understand the situation and the options available to them. Workers' compensation benefits are not only available to injured workers. Loved ones of a deceased worker could obtain workers' comp benefits for any damages such as lost wages, medical bills, funeral costs and other related damages. It is difficult to process such a difficult event; however, loved ones should note that they have recourse and the ability to offset hardships caused by the loss of a loved one.
Source: Fox45now.com, "Subcontractor crushed by heavy piece of equipment in Franklin workplace accident," Gabi Warwick, August 23, 2017