Construction company owners in Iowa are expected to ensure the safety of workers on construction sites. Through effective safety training, workers are supposed to learn about workplace safety and how to recognize safety hazards. Furthermore, to prevent workplace injuries, personal protective equipment, such as hard hats and fall protection, must be provided, along with training in the proper use of the PPE.
Despite the efforts of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to promote workplace safety, reports of workplace accidents about which the circumstances are often shocking continue to occur. A worker in another state lost his life on a recent Wednesday morning in circumstances that should never have occurred. The accident happened at a site where an apartment complex is under construction.
Reportedly, a large box that was made out of wood was placed on the fork of a forklift. Two workers then got into the box, and the forklift operator proceeded to hoist them to the second floor of the building. The box was not secured to the forklift, and the workers wore no fall protection. Upon reaching the second floor, the unsecured box started wobbling, and one of the two workers managed to jump onto the second story through a window opening. The box and the other worker fell to the ground, where the worker was killed when the box landed on him.
Whenever an Iowa worker suffers fatal workplace injuries, the surviving family members may file a death benefits claim through the workers' compensation insurance program. Regardless of the fault that caused the death of a worker, benefits may be pursued. Coverage is typically provided for funeral and burial costs, along with a percentage of lost wages to assist the dependents of the deceased worker with financial obligations for a specified time after the accident.
Source: mysanantonio.com, "Worker killed in construction accident near Houston", May 11, 2016