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Truck driver suffers fatal workplace injuries at meat plant

Workers in the meat packing industry in Iowa and other states may have noticed that their safety has been the subject of several media reports in recent months. Many of the workplace injuries and deaths at meat packing plants are linked to unguarded machinery. However, a recent fatal incident at a meat plant in a neighboring state claimed the life of a truck driver.

A spokesperson for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the agency would be investigating the accident that occurred on a recent Thursday. Reportedly, the incident took place at the loading dock of a meat packing facility. A tractor trailer driver allegedly moved away from his truck without setting the brakes.

The vehicle apparently moved and trapped the driver between two trailers. He did not survive the accident, and his death was declared at the scene. The 29-year-old man was said to have been a driver in the employ of a subsidiary trucking company of the meat packing business that handles the transport.

Most workers, including those in Iowa, are covered by the workers' compensation insurance system of the state. Regardless of whose fault led to this employee's fatal workplace injuries, his surviving family members will be entitled to file death benefits claims. The program's benefits typically cover the costs of end-of-life arrangements along with a wage-replacement package. This is usually provided for a predetermined period to help ease the burden of daily living expenses and other financial obligations of the covered dependents. It will be based on the deceased worker's weekly wage.

Source: omaha.com, "OSHA to investigate death of Omaha meatpacking plant driver", Janice Podsada, Barbara Soderlin, Sept. 11, 2016

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